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.

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On May 9th, 2011, Kristy asked:

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How to Grow Certified Organic Strawberries

How to Grow Certified Organic StrawberriesAlthough strawberries have been at the pinnacle of the produce pyramid for decades, their popularity continues to grow.  Unless a strawberry allergy forces a saddened consumer away from these bright red edibles, they are usually the first to vanish from fruit trays across the globe.  Strawberries are delicious, there’s no doubt about that, but they have gotten a bad reputation of late.  Conventional growing methods use fumigants, chemicals, and other methods to maximize production and profits.  But, more and more people are becoming disillusioned and distrustful of conventional methods and are increasingly concerned over potential deleterious consequences of consuming the trace amounts of those chemicals when the fruits are consumed.  This trend toward natural and organic produce has opened a door for new growers to eschew chemical-based practices for potentially safer methods of growing strawberries.  The market for organic strawberries is growing, and the interest in growing them is increasing among potential strawberry farmers as well due to the premium price that organic strawberries bring over their conventionally-grown counterparts.

If you are interested in learning how to grow certified organic strawberries, this guide will help you get started.

This post will focus on the requirements a potential grower must meet in order to legally use such terms as “organic,” “100% organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.”  If you desire to sell your organic produce at a farmer’s market or any other public or private venue, you need to know the requirements so that you don’t run into trouble with the law.

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4 Secrets to Growing Loads of Organic Strawberries

4 secrets to growing loads of organic strawberriesI have been growing and helping others grow organic strawberries for many years.  While the segment of the population that is concerned about how their food is grown is still a minority, more and more people are discovering the benefits of sustainable agriculture.  And, as more and more gardeners test out their green thumbs, gardens all around the world are finding strawberry plants inhabiting space next to herbs and other garden plants.  Going green and growing healthy food go well together; and since virtually everyone loves strawberries, this post will help those who want to eschew the conventional methods (which are somewhat notorious for producing dirty strawberries) for potentially safer ones.  Plus, since no one wants to trade a basket full of bright, plump strawberries for just a hand full, the four secrets I’ll fill you in on momentarily will help you get started on your journey of successfully growing organic strawberries!

First Things First!

Before getting to the secrets, a few preliminaries are in order.  There are some key decisions that have to be made prior to planting strawberry plants.  You need to know which of the main types of strawberries you want to plant…

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What Causes Strawberry Plants to Wilt?

what causes strawberry plants to wiltThis 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: What Causes Strawberry Plants to Wilt?

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Conventional Treatment of Strawberry Infections

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Discovering How Strawberry Plants Fight Fusarium Wilt

discovering how strawberry plants fight fusarium wiltSoil pathogens like Fusarium species pose a significant threat to strawberry plants around the world.  The presence of this and other organisms in the dirt that can damage or kill strawberries have caused researchers from Australia to look into the biochemical mechanisms some resistant varieties use to avoid significant harm.  And, they are discovering how strawberry plants fight Fusarium wilt!

A University of Western Australia release said this discovery could mean growers could use fewer anti-fungal chemicals in the future.  With reduced input costs and better human health and environmental outcomes resulting, this research promises to have significant impact on the strawberry industry in Australia and elsewhere.

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Are Fragaria vesca Strawberries the Same As the Pineberry?

are fragaria vesca strawberries the same as the pineberryThis 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: Are Fragaria vesca Strawberries the Same As the Pineberry?

On May 20, 2013, Eva asked:

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Strawberries Are Dirty

strawberries are dirtyStrawberries are big business.  Really big business.  Since everyone loves strawberries, a billion-dollar industry has developed in order to meet the demand of consumers in America and around the world.  California leads the world in strawberry production, but Florida, North Carolina, and other locations produce many tons of harvested berries annually.

But, humans aren’t the only entities that love strawberries.  Bugs, slugs, and fungi love to feast upon the nutrient-rich fruits and plants.  The more fruits are destroyed, the less the hard-working farmers can sell to salivating consumers.  To increase the harvest, therefore, most strawberry producers have developed techniques and practices that allow for maximum yield and minimum loss.  The widespread use of fumigants and pesticides has become mainstream.

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How Long Do Strawberry Plants Live?

how long do strawberry plants liveThis 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 Long Do Strawberry Plants Live?

On January 27, 2011, Mark asked:

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Millions of Strawberry Plants…Planted by Hand

millions of strawberry plants planted by handThe article linked in this post makes a few political comments, and it is not the place for this website to delve deeply into the treacherous currents of political discourse.  However, the linked article points out a few of the difficulties associated with growing strawberries commercially.  First and foremost of the difficulties is that strawberry plants are too delicate to plant via mechanized system.

They have to be planted by hand.

So, when the millions upon millions of strawberry plants are planted each year for the annualized plasticulture growing systems, they are inserted into the soil by human digits.  That can make for some tired phalanges.  For a better idea of how the planting process works, watch this video, and then click the link below to proceed straight to the full article:

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