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Welcome 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…

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Moving Strawberry Runner Plants

moving strawberry runner plantsQ: Moving Strawberry Runner Plants?

On June 25, 2011, Monty asked:

Hello!
Now, where to start…early this spring I ordered a pack of 25 Earliglow plants from a supplier (who shall remain nameless). The plants arrived in excellent condition, however, instead of receiving 1 pack of 25 plants, I received 25 packs of 25 plants, so 625 plants in all!  I called the supplier to inform them of their mistake and was to to just keep them, throw them away or give them away. Being an avid gardener, I couldn’t throw them away. Since I own a couple of acres, I decided to put in a dedicated bed and planted 100 of them (the rest I gave away to friends and family).

Here’s the problem: I amended the soil for the bed, planted, and pinched every bloom this year. Now the plants are going crazy. I have runners everywhere. The rows are 3 feet apart, but the plants are only about 12-18″ apart. At the rate they are growing, I won’t be able to walk in the patch by the end of summer.

So, my question is, this fall, can I remove some of the runner plants and transplant them to another larger bed that I will prepare during the summer? Should I do it now, in the fall or wait until spring? We preserve many different things from the garden such as tomatoes, beans, beets, grape jelly, etc, etc so adding strawberry jam would be a welcome addition. Thanks for any advice.

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Mulching Strawberry Plants in the Summer

mulching strawberry plants in the summerQ: Should I Mulch Strawberry Plants?

On April 9, 2015, Kim Ruby asked:

Hello – I live in North Central Florida. My growing season is different than the northern climates. My strawberry season is ended by June. This past year I planted 40 Sweet Charlie bare root plants in November and they are doing great. I have been pinching the berries this year giving the plant a chance to establish. Should I use straw mulch to protect my strawberry plants from the summer heat? If not, what do you suggest? Thank You.

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Novelty Strawberries

novelty strawberriesNovelty Strawberries for the Home Garden

It is finally that time of year again! The winter freeze is in the process of giving way to the spring thaw, and that means it is time to start planning your garden. The sooner you start planning, the sooner you will be ready to plant, and the sooner you will be ready to harvest delicious earth-grown produce.

Since strawberry plants often find their way into many gardeners’ plots each year, I thought it might be beneficial to review some of the lesser-known options. If you have a square foot garden or a few extra rows (or even a partial row) of space to use, you may want to consider branching out into some of these novelty strawberry varieties.

Everyone knows the traditional red and juicy strawberry. Many don’t know that there are other, less-common options available as well. This post will familiarize you with you options. If you are a bit adventurous and willing to branch out, try planting one or more of these novelty strawberries. You’ll find them unique and well-suited as attraction-getters, whether you use them in salads, enter them in contests, or find other amazing uses for them!

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Please, Friend, DON’T BUY STRAWBERRY SEEDS ON EBAY!

fake blue strawberryIf you have any desire to plant a garden this year, you are likely already thinking and dreaming of earthen smells and textures and the warmth of the sun.  Spring is synonymous with strawberries for many people, and you may even be planning on including some of the delicious red berries in your harvest this year.  Please take a moment and read this before you buy strawberry seeds online.

Q: When Will My Strawberry Plants Start Producing Apple-Sized Strawberries?

On March 6th, 2015, Peter Genovese asked:

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Planting Strawberries with Cucumbers

planting strawberries with cucumbersQ: Planting Strawberries with Cucumbers?

On February 25, 2015, Jamie asked:

Hello,

I’ve read the comments to see that cucumbers and beans both should be fine planted close to strawberries. I have a small patch in my small urban garden and would really like to maximize space. My berries are only june bearing, and I am envisioning trellising cucumbers above the patch. You said to keep the trellises on the north side to avoid shading the plants too much, but would full sun matter once my strawberries are done producing? That is, if the climbing cukes do well over the strawberries and they have less light, would I risk losing plants? And how close to the patch do you think I can plant some cukes, if I stay on top of runners who might want to compete? Space is at a premium.

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Growing Strawberries in Cameroon Africa

growing strawberries in cameroon africaQ: Growing Strawberries in Cameroon Africa?

On February 23, 2015, Anne Dimond asked:

I am currently living in Yaounde, Cameroon, Africa. Our temperature here is on average 70*F +/- 10*F. It never freezes here. We are at 2500ft. altitude with a fair amount of humidity. We are very close to the equator. We are wondering if this climate is suitable to growing strawberries and what varieties would do best here. We were thinking of starting with seeds but plants might be more helpful. We are definitely novices and could use direction in all areas. We have grown strawberries at home in the states, (Utah) but are unfamiliar with this area. We are missionaries here and are trying to introduce new things that they don’t have here. Maybe there is a reason they don’t grow strawberries here! Any information would be so appreciated. I will be returning to the states Feb. 27-March 7 so if there is anything there that I could pick up and bring back that would be awesome!

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Should I Cut Off Runner Plants from My Strawberries?

should i cut off runner plants from my strawberriesThis is a question submitted to Strawberry Plants .org by a reader. The information provided in response to the question may benefit others with the same or similar inquiries. Therefore, it has been added to the archive page of submitted questions. See the Strawberry FAQ for more questions, or use the search box at the top right of this page to search this site for information.

Q: Should I Cut Off Runner Plants from My Strawberries?

On July 17th, 2011, Stephanie asked:

I planted June-bearing and everbearing strawberries this spring. I have notes from a Master Gardener class that says to cut off the granddaughters and leave the daughters, but other sources say to cut all runners the first year. I was thinking the mother plant might be stronger and produce better fruit if she doesn’t have to send nutrition to the off-spring. I’m not sure what to do this year. I really liked your method of transplanting from bed to bed in the fall, but should I plan to do that the first year of the mother plants?

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How to Care for Bare-Root Strawberry Plants?

how to care for bare-root strawberry plantsThis is a question submitted to Strawberry Plants .org by a reader. The information provided in response to the question may benefit others with the same or similar inquiries. Therefore, it has been added to the archive page of submitted questions. See the Strawberry FAQ for more questions, or use the search box at the top right of this page to search this site for information.

Q: How to Care for Bare-Root Strawberry Plants?

On December 30, 2010, Andi asked:

I just found your very useful site. I had ordered 25 bare root strawberry plants and it was too late to plant so I have tried growing them in my house and it’s not working out so well. First I had them in an indoor greenhouse (meaning 4 tier shelves covered in greenhouse plastic located in my home). I put them in a potting soil from Bar Harbor Maine. After a few weeks there was some signs of life but also mold so I took them out of the plastic. A month later the potting soil never dried out (and I never watered) so I repotted them w/half peat and half of the potting mix and put them under fluorescent lights. They’re not happy. There are no signs of life. I’m keeping the roots damp but not too wet. I’m thinking I should put plastic back on top of them to see if I can get growth again and watch for mold (now that I have them in a medium that doesn’t remain wet for weeks at a time w/o watering). Do you think I should just quit trying and stop giving them light and repot again- this time taking out the potting soil and just using peat?

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Growing Strawberries in Red Clay?

growing strawberries in red clayThis is a question submitted to Strawberry Plants .org by a reader. The information provided in response to the question may benefit others with the same or similar inquiries. Therefore, it has been added to the archive page of submitted questions. See the Strawberry FAQ for more questions, or use the search box at the top right of this page to search this site for information.

Q: Growing Strawberries in Red Clay?

On May 9th, 2011, Kristy asked:

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Strawberry King Pie

strawberry king pie recipeThis is the king of all strawberry pies.  That may be a bold statement, but it is no joke.  Once you prepare and taste this legendary strawberry king pie recipe, you won’t even chuckle at a jester who says otherwise.  King Arthur had Excalibur; Charlemagne wielded Joyeuse; El Cid swung Tizona and Colada in his day; William Wallace brandished his giant Scottish Claymore resisting the English in the late 13th century; and you, my friend, are now armed as Monarch of the Kitchen with this delicious weapon.

Expect to slay the hunger of all the vassals in your fiefdom.  Expect to slake the parched palates of hungry peons (or kids!) inhabiting your lands.  Yea, fair cook, ye shall arise to be heralded here to yon for serving such extravagance on little platters.  Prepare to rule your kitchen for ever!  Long live the COOK!

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