Welcome to Strawberry Plants .org!

welcome to strawberry plants .orgWelcome to the last source you will ever need for information about strawberry plants!  You have likely eaten your fair share of those delightful red berries, and we hope to encourage you to learn as much as you can about the flavorful fruits and the strawberry plants that produce them.  We exist to spread excitement about strawberries and hope that you will benefit from the information contained here.

Whether you want information on growing strawberries, eating strawberries, scientific information on the actual strawberry plants or strawberry varieties, or even information about where you can purchase strawberry plants or strawberry seeds, you will find help on Strawberry Plants .org.  This entire site is dedicated exclusively to all things related to the strawberry plant.

Be sure to browse the Reference Pages to the left (or just below this paragraph).  They are a wealth of information on topics related to learning about strawberry plants.  Be sure to come back often as we regularly update this site with new information and details about strawberries and strawberry plants!  And, of course, remember that this site is best read with a bowl of fresh strawberries in hand…

This list is of the most-used pages on StrawberryPlants.org.  Click the links below to go to the appropriate pages:

Growing Strawberries – a comprehensive guide to growing your own strawberries.
Buy Strawberry Plants (by variety) – a near-comprehensive directory of online retailers for strawberries, organized by variety.
Strawberry Plants for Sale (by nursery) – a near-comprehensive directory of nurseries offering mail-order plants, with their offerings listed.
Buy Strawberry Seeds (by variety) – a near-comprehensive directory of online retailers for strawberry seeds, organized by variety.
Strawberry Plant – an encyclopedic resource for scientific and historical information about the humble strawberry plant.
Strawberry Seeds – information about saving seeds, germinating seeds, and general strawberry seed information.
Strawberry Plants Library – a listing of other helpful strawberry resources for learning about all aspects of strawberries and care.
Pick Your Own Strawberries – a directory of pick-your-own strawberry locations in all 50 states.
Strawberry Picking – a guide for picking strawberries, including etiquette and other considerations.
Strawberry Varieties – a detailed discussion of the different types of strawberries, as well as a sortable list of cultivars.
Strawberry Recipes – an amazing cookbook full of sumptuous recipes calling for strawberries across the edible spectrum.
Strawberry News – a listing of events and news pertaining to the strawberry plant or growing strawberries.
Strawberry FAQ – a question and answer series containing actual user-submitted questions and their answers.
Strawberry Festivals – a directory of happy-time strawberry festivals across the country.

Overwintering Hydroponic Strawberry Plants

overwintering hydroponic strawberry plantsQ: How to Go About Overwintering Hydroponic Strawberry Plants?

On October 30, 2015, Bradford Nick asked:

I have my strawberries outdoors in hydroponics. Summer has ended and we’ve had several killing frosts, but the seascape strawberries are still growing and flowering. My plan is to keep the strawberries in their hydroponic net pots, and to overwinter these pots with the roots hanging out, in a box of sand in the garage. I have a lot of runners I never trimmed. My question is, next year, will I get better production from the mother plants, or from the runners? Will unrooted runners survive 5 months in cold sand?

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Growing Strawberries in Containers

growing strawberries in containersQ: Problems Growing Strawberries in Containers?

On September 23, 2015, Bob asked:

I have a large container on my patio with strawberry plants in it. This was the 2nd summer for these strawberries. Unfortunately, the plants only put out a handful of strawberries back in early June. I was very disappointed to say the least. I had stopped by a local nursery to pick their brains about the lack of yield I had this summer. The lady there told me that strawberries grown in containers don’t typically produce a lot of fruit compared to those growing in the ground. She also asked me if I had fertilized my strawberry plants last fall before winter set in. I had never heard of doing this. Why would you fertilize a plant that is about to die from the coming cold months? If this is true, when do I fertilize? Now, that the plant is still green and alive, or do I wait for it to curl up and die after winter hits? It should be noted that I leave this container outside on my patio uncovered and exposed to the snow and elements all winter long. It survived fine this way last winter and grew back really nice this past spring, so I really didn’t have to baby it at all to keep it alive. It survived! Also, what fertilizer, if any, do I use for this fall fertilization?

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Fairfax Strawberry Plants

fairfax strawberry plantsMany people have fond memories of eating strawberries as children on the knees of their grandparents or sneaking a few berries as they filled their baskets from the local pick-your-own strawberry farm.  Back during the “good ol’ days” the primary way people enjoyed strawberries was by picking them from their own gardens, picking them from a local farm, or buying them from a local farmer who either picked or had his help pick them for market.

Each month I have people write and ask how to find the “old” varieties of strawberries that their grandparents grew.  They testify that the new varieties just don’t seem to match their memories of the strawberries they so enjoyed during those bygone days.  The explosive strawberry flavor they remember just can’t be matched by the modern strawberries they buy off the shelf; and, they can’t even get the same flavor by growing their own strawberries from the commercially available varieties available online or at local nurseries.

Well, I’m happy to be able to let everyone know that old-fashioned is back…

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What Causes Small Strawberries?

small strawberriesQ: Why Are My Strawberries Small?

On July 18, 2015, Michael Johnson asked:

Hi, I was hoping you could help me with a problem I have.  I need to know what causes small strawberries.  I planted my strawberries last year during September, and they put out some greenery before dying back for the winter months.  This spring they came up and looked to be doing pretty well.  They put out flowers on stalks that started to grow, but the size of the fruits that are produced are all tiny.  They are only about half an inch big, give or take a little.

I’ve done my best to water them, and follow the instructions for what should give a good crop, but I’m still stuck wondering what causes small strawberries after doing everything I can to make them big.  Can you tell me why are my strawberries small instead of big and plump like they are in the store?  Any help would be appreciated! Thank you.

Answer to: What Causes Small Strawberries?

Michael Johnson,
It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what causes small strawberries without being able to visualize your setup and without knowing all that has gone into their care up until this point.  There are a number of things that can cause your strawberries to smaller than the ones you may be used to buying at the store or from farmers markets.  So, let me point out some of the most common causes of small strawberries:

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Growing Strawberries with New Techniques

growing strawberries with new techniques29 percent of the world’s strawberries come from one single place: the state of California in the United States.  Almost a third or every succulent red sweet fruit is grown in the vast acres of strawberry plants in the fertile land out west.  A major problem with strawberries, however, is that they succumb to all manner of pests and pathogens.  Diseases are of particular nuisance to farmers.  To eliminate pathogens and fungi that affect strawberries and are almost ubiquitous, strawberry farmers have been sterilizing soil that is subsequently used to grow strawberries for almost half a century.

But, the major fumigants uses are methylated halogens.  Methyl bromide, a particular popular one, was found to be a contributor to ozone depletion and was banned in 2005.  Due to the difficulty in finding alternatives, the strawberry farmers have been able to get waivers to continue using the powerful chemical fumigant.  However, the waivers are set to end altogether in 2016.  So, growing strawberries with new techniques is going to be necessary.  And, there just may be a viable option coming to fruition soon.

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Hydroponic Strawberry Farms Adapting to Water Shortage

hydroponic strawberry farmsWater is often taken for granted…until you don’t have enough.  The fertile swath of the United States that is California has been a food-producing machine for decades.  But, all that produce and nuts and fruits needs a hefty quantity water to grow into the juicy and plump table-ready mature products.  And, the rate at which water has been utilized to facilitate the agricultural pursuits of Californian farms and other western farmers has sapped critical reservoirs of water.

Aquifers are drying up.  There era of cheap access to water may be coming to an end for some of the most fertile and farm-friendly climates and locations in the United States.  Because of the necessity of water utilization in farming, farms are looking to beat the drought by developing more water-conscious growing systems.  One such system has been utilized in the Temecula Valley to successfully grow strawberry plants for years now.

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Strawberries on the Verge of Helping Diabetics

strawberries on the verge of helping diabeticsDiabetes can be a particularly pernicious problem.  As virtually all the cells in the human body require glucose to function, and diabetics have biological difficulty getting that sugar to go where it ought (inside the cells to be used), any new development that aids in the amelioration of the symptoms of said condition can be a boon to ailing individuals.  Interestingly enough, strawberries may hold a key to satiate the cravings of hungry insulin-disadvantaged people while keeping their hemoglobin happily hauling hefty amounts of oxygen instead of glucose.

Researchers have identified six volatile compounds in strawberries that mediate the perceived sweetness of strawberries.  What is more interesting, however, is that those compounds show potential to increase the perceived sweetness of foods independent of the quantities of sugar contained therein.  Unlike artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) that have had controversy swirling around their use since their FDA approval, should the six volatile sweetness-enhancers in strawberries be isolated and stabilized, the potential benefits to both the health care fields, dieticians, and even the strawberry industry are quite significant.

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Growing Strawberries in Bangladesh

growing strawberries in bangladeshStrawberries are a small fruit native to the Americas and also found in several other regions of the world.  Bangladesh is not one of them.  However, the Fragaria x ananassa hybrid cross that makes up most of the strawberry cultivation around the world is not breaking through in Khagrachhari just yet.  Two pioneering farmers, Bimal Chandra Chakma and Munmun Chakma, have successfully grown strawberries there for years now.  They used a species called Rabi-3, and have watched as their efforts have quadrupled the size of their plantation.

The pair of farmers initially started with 50 decimals of land, but were able to expand their growing strawberries in Bangladesh to 200 decimals in just three years.  What is also ground-breaking is that the couple has paved the way for other farmers to begin growing strawberries in Bangladesh since their operation has proven to be commercially viable.

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Strawberry Pollination

strawberry pollinationStrawberries are relatively simple little plants.  Their genomes have been completely mapped, and their life cycles are fully understood.  But, as simple as strawberry plants may seem, they are still complex enough to warrant study; and, the study that goes into them continues to reveal much fascinating information.  This post is dedicated to that topic of plant fertilization that sometimes can induce somnambulism in all but the most ardent botanists: strawberry pollination.  But, once you’ve reviewed this information, you’ll be ready to tackle hand pollination of strawberries or be better able to situate your strawberry bed in the most ideal location for growing gargantuan berries!

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The Simply Sensational Strawberry Cookbook

the simply sensational strawberry cookbook

Strawberries are small. The strawberry business, however, is huge. In the United States alone, growing the fine red fruits is a multi-BILLION dollar industry.

Obviously, you are not alone in your enjoyment of strawberries! In fact, virtually everyone loves their distinctive flavor and aroma. Even the thought of the juicy burst that comes as one bites into a ripe one is enough to set the mouth to watering. Ever since the first known description of a strawberry plant was recorded in 1454, their fame has spread around the globe. Doubtless, they were enjoyed by the native peoples inhabiting the temperate regions of our globe even long before then.

Like most whole fruits, strawberries provide a bounty of nutrition for the hungry body. We have not yet fully realized the health benefits that come from consuming strawberries, but we do know quite a bit already. The beneficial health-supporting nutritional components are numerous…

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