Strawberry Plants for Sale: A Few Things You Should Know About How to Purchase Strawberry Plants

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Strawberry Plants for Sale: A Few Things You Should Know About How to Purchase Strawberry Plants

Looking for strawberry plants for sale?

Ready to get that strawberry garden started? Or maybe build a strawberry tower?

If you’re planning to purchase strawberry plants, there’s just a few things you should know before you order your plants.

Exercising a bit of care and caution about the types of strawberry plants you buy and the nursery you buy from can pay dividends – paid in the currency of bumper harvests of sweet, juicy berries, of course! 

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Don’t Buy Just Any Old Strawberry Plants!

With care in choosing the location and preparing the soil for your strawberries, you’re likely to have a healthy, productive strawberry patch.

But you want to be sure not to undo all the effort of carefully preparing that patch by planting strawberry plants that are in trouble before you’ve even gotten them in the ground.

There are a number of virus diseases than can affect strawberry plants. And prevention is the best cure for these diseases.

What does that have to do with buying strawberry plants?

If you’re careful in choosing the source of your plants, you’ll enjoy the confidence of knowing that the plants were carefully inspected, and are healthy and disease free. Some nurseries even offer a certification that their plants are disease free. 

Plugs or Bare Root?

When you’re ordering your plants, in addition to deciding which strawberry varieties to grow, you might also need to choose between bare root or plugs.

Bare root plants are just as the name implies: the roots are bare of soil (the plant in my hand is a bare root strawberry plant).  

Strawberry Plants for Sale: A Few Things You Should Know About How to Purchase Strawberry PlantsA bare root strawberry plant that has just broken dormancy

Plugs come with the root ball intact in a small ‘plug’ of soil or potting soil.

Not all nurseries offer a choice, but the advantages vs. disadvantages are as follows:

Plugs are easier to plant, have a higher survival rate and tend to get off to a faster start. And if you can’t plant them as soon as they arrive, strawberry plugs can easily wait several days to be planted as long as you care for them properly.

But bare root plants are usually much cheaper. And quite honestly, those are the only kind of strawberry plants I ever buy these days. The extra expense of plugs just isn’t worth it to me. (Plugs aren’t as readily available everywhere as are bare roots, anyway.)   

Where to Buy Strawberry Plants

These days, I do most of my online shopping at the world’s favorite Internet store:

And yes, they sell strawberry plants too. Lots of them! Click here to see their assortment of bare root strawberry plants currently for sale.

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