FAQ's

Do you ship all year? 

We ship February through June, and can schedule shipment at your convenience during that time. 

 

What is the difference between June-bearing and Day-neutral? 

June-bearing Strawberry Varieties (such as Jewel or Cavendish) are the traditional farming staple. With one bumper crop each year, usually in early June, they make it easy to schedule production and accommodate your other plants, as well.

  • These varieties are the first fruits to ripen, and tend to taper off when the summer heat comes (90+), and will bloom again the next year.
  • The berries and harvest of junebearing strawberries are somewhat larger than the ever-bearing varieties.
  • They also runner heavily, which makes propagation easy, and also makes them a good groundcover option for landscaping.

Day-neutral strawberry varieties (such as Seascape or Albion) were developed in the early 1960's by select breeding programs in California to produce continuously throughout warmer weather (even above 90F) until frost. They are unaffected by day-length and able to grow in temperatures between 35-89 degrees.

  • You can regulate growth 'clusters' by pinching the blossoms or letting them grow.
  • You can expect three harvest periods the very first year of production. 
  • The berries and yields are smaller than the June-bearing varieties, but extending the strawberry season adds remarkable profit at your fruit stand.

 

What is the proper spacing for strawberry plants?

We recommend 12-18" spacing between plants in the row.  Spacing between rows may vary, based on your equipment and preference.  We recommend 4 or 5 feet between rows so that there is room to stand between them to pick the berries once they’ve filled in.

 

I want to plant 1 acre.  How many plants do I need?

This will depend on your row spacing, and distance within the row.  

Some examples include:

Row Spacing Plant Spacing Plants Per Acre
60" 12" 8,712
48" 12 10,890
42" 18" 8,297
36 12" 14,520


How should I store my plants before planting them?

We suggest planting them as soon as possible once you’ve received them.  Keep them cool and dry (no soaking!) and in a dark place so they remain dormant until you plant them.  A refrigerator is often the best place, though a cool garage or barn floor can work as well.


I have pesticide questions.  Can you answer those for me?

 While we are able to tell you how we handle pesticide application and weed control on our farm, everyone’s situation is different, and we are unable to give you specific advice. We recommend calling your County Extension Agent, if you have one, or contacting your local chemical supplier who can offer guidance specific to your soil, location, and pest needs.