How to Choose the Best Strawberry Plants

5 things to consider when buying strawberry plants

Strawberry plants are usually easy to find. There are quite a variety of strawberry plants available and it pays to be choosy when selecting strawberry plants for your home garden.

Berry Jerry’s practical advice for choosing strawberry plants that will thrive…

Buying strawberry plants can be so simple because you can usually pick them up just about anywhere, even at grocery stores that don’t have fully stocked gardening centers. While most strawberry plants will do well, there are a few things to consider to ensure that you get strawberry plants that will thrive and produce lots of mouthwatering berries.

1. June-bearing strawberry plants are best for fresh berries and desserts

June-bearing strawberry plants produce medium to large sized berries that are delectable fresh or used in desserts. Different varieties of strawberry plants that fall into this classification are early, mid-season, or late season producers and they will produce a full-crop of strawberries the season after the strawberry plants are planted.

2. Day-neutral strawberry plants produce small berries that are good for canning, freezing, and for use in desserts

Day-neutral varieties of strawberry plants produce during the first season that they are planted and steadily produce strawberries throughout the summer. They yield a lot more berries than other types of strawberry plants.

3. Some strawberry plants are disease resistant

If you can get strawberry plants that are resistant to disease, that’s your best bet. Otherwise, caring for them can be troublesome.

4. Strawberry plants that have been rooted in pots grow best

Strawberry plants are generally grown in beds, which is fine, but those that have been rooted in pots rather than in the ground soil are generally healthier.

Fun Fact: Strawberries can be grown in every state in the United States.

5. Choose plants that look healthy

If you choose strawberry plants that look healthy when you plant them, they are more likely to grow well and to yield a good crop. Strawberry plants that look ill when you plant them may or may not perk up.

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