Planting strawberry plants in the fall is a good idea. However, most home gardeners get excited about their gardens toward the end of the winter months and don't plan far enough ahead to plant strawberries during the autumn months of the previous year.
There are two main consequences of this widespread pattern:
1. Most home gardeners miss out on a healthy crop of strawberries during the first year (growing season) they are planted.
2. It is harder to find strawberry plants for sale in the fall months simply due to supply and demand. Demand is much less, so supply is much less.
This post is for those people looking to plant strawberry plants in the fall so that they can reap a healthy harvest of strawberries during the gardening season the following spring/summer. Below you will find some helpful reminders and information, as well as a list of suppliers who offer fall strawberry plants for sale.
Fall Strawberry Plants : Info
Planting strawberries in the fall makes much sense. It makes so much sense that commercial strawberry farms almost exclusively plant strawberry plants during the fall months after they have harvested the previous year's strawberries. If you plant in the spring (as most hobby gardeners do), much more care is required and much more time passes from the time the strawberry plants are planted until a full harvest is reaped (see the Growing Strawberries page for more information).
By planting a strawberry bed in the early fall months, the strawberry plants are able to fully establish themselves and their root system prior to going dormant for the winter. Then, as the temperatures rise in the late winter or early spring months, a fully-rooted and more mature plant begins to put forth new foliage and flower stalks. Instead of pinching off the strawberry flowers so that the roots can establish, the already-established roots pull water and nutrients from the soil to support the growing strawberries. This allows a healthy harvest during the first growing season instead of the second!
Additionally, most mail order nurseries will ship strawberry plugs with intact roots for fall planting. This helps the plants establish more quickly than bareroot plants and helps minimize the number of plants that die (more plugs survive than do shipped and planted bareroot plants).
Hopefully, those strawberry gardeners with an inclination toward planning will realize the benefits of planting fall strawberry plants. The next step is to find out where one can buy fall strawberry plants. Keep reading!
Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale
This list of suppliers who offer fall strawberry plants for sale is a smaller sub-directory of our main directory. If you happen to find this list during the spring months, be sure to check out our much larger directory of suppliers here: Strawberry Plants for Sale. Also, if you are aware of another supplier who sells fall strawberries, be sure to let me know, and I will include them in this directory. You can use the About page to send a message.
You can order strawberry plants for autumn planting from any of these suppliers:
Burnt Ridge Nursery & Orchards
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale: Coastal Wild Strawberry, Ranier, Shuksan, Tristar
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale: Alexandria, Alpine Collection, Elan F1, Fragola di Bosco, Mignonette, Roman F1, Tristan F1, White Soul, Yellow Wonder
Dobie's of Devon [UK]
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale: Aromel, Cambridge Favourite, Christine, Flamenco, Judibell, Malling Opal, Malwina, Royal Sovereign, Sallybright
Farmer Seed and Nursery
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale: Allstar, Bargain, Cardinal, Fort Laramie, Honeoye, Ogallala, Ozark Beauty, Quinault, Robinson (Giant Robinson), Sequoia, Sparkle, Surecrop, Strazzberry
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale: Albion, Earliglow, Honeoye, Monterey, San Andreas, Seascape, Surecrop, Tribute
Jekka's Herb Farm
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale: Fragaria vesca Wild Strawberry, Fragaria vesca White Delight
Jung Seeds & Plants
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale: Cabot, Honeoye, Sparkle
One Green World
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale: Alexandria, Gerald Straley, Gold Leaf Alpine Strawberry, Hood, Italian Alpine, Rugen Improved, Seascape, Shuksan, Tristar
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale: Selva (organic plants)
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale: Albicarpa White Alpine Strawberry, Lipstick Strawberry, Mignonette Alpine, Rugen Alpine, Seascape, Shuksan, Tri Star, Wild Strawberry
Spring Hill Nursery
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale:Sweet Giant
Varieties of Fall Strawberry Plants for Sale: All-Star, Annapolis, Cavendish, Earliglow, Gem Everbearing, Guardin, Honeoye, Jewel, Mira, Noreaster, Ozark Beauty, Primetime, Sparkle, Surecrop, Tennessee Beauty
The Strawberry Store, LLC
Varieties of Strawberry Plants for Sale Online: Alexandria, Ali Baba, Baron Solemacher, Capron, Concepcion, Fragaria vesca vesca, Fragaria virginiana, Fragola di Bosco, Fragola Quattro Stagioni, Golden Alexandria, Holiday, Intensity, Ivory, Madame Mutot, Male Musk Strawberry, Mara des Bois, Mignonette, New Giant, Pata de Gallina, Pineapple Crush, Profumata di Tortona, Red Wonder, Regina, Reine des Vallees, Rozeya, Rozeye, Ruegen Improved, Snovit, White Carolina (white-fruited pineberry), White D (white-fruited pineberry), White Delight, White Pine (white-fruited pineberry), White Solemacher, White Soul, Yellow Alpine, Yellow Delight, Yellow Wonder
Victoriana Nursery Gardens [UK]
Varieties of Strawberry Plants for Sale Online: Royal Sovereign
Fall Strawberry Plants Conclusion
Remember, plant inventories are usually a bit transient as plant stock is sold out and replenished or replaced with other, better-selling varieties. So, if you find that some of the varieties listed above are no longer offered by the companies/nurseries, please notify me, and the list will be updated. Planning ahead and planting ahead can make a tremendous difference with the quality and quantity of your first strawberry harvest. Why not consider buying and planting some fall strawberry plants instead of waiting until the spring?!