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Buying berry bare-root plants in bulk

 
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Hi all,
I want to plant out a fair amount of berries on my parcel of land. I'm looking at wanting to plant a thousand strawberries at least, and I obviously want to do this at the lowest cost possible, so I'd like to start out with bare root plants (but not seeds). Do you have any favorite nurseries that do wholesale/commercial prices for strawberries?
Thanks.
 
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Tough one. None that I know of do bare root strawberry plants.

HOWEVER, I have heard that if you go strawberry picking you can take the entire plant as they have already done their commercial harvest and don't keep the plants. Then you'd just have to pay the price of strawberry picking and shove all the plants you could into your basket. That'd be what I'd look at.
 
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Strawberries are too delicate to sell wholesale bareroot unless its an established local nursery. Thats at least my opinion on why it may be hard to find. Strawberries are grown in pretty horrific ways commercially and you may want a different cultivar than what is readily available anyhow.
 
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Kevin, I don't have a specific recommendation for you, though I knew we had a good thread on local bare-root plant nurseries in the Cascadia area and here it is:  Root stock and seed sources in OR and WA.


 
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I think that 100 strawberry plants could be 1,000 plants after one season. I am not sure if that ratio is right, but those runners will definately increase your numbers with patience.

I still remember my first 6 peach trees i planted. All got girdled by deer and died. Makes me wonder how bad the damage would have been if I planted 100 of them before learning that one lesson. Slow and steady won the day.
 
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Thanks for that list Jocelyn, I will make some phone calls!

Wayne, that's some good thinking, though I am going to be experimenting with snipping runners to promote fruiting as opposed to propagation. Though, toward the end of the season, I may let one runner be sent out on each plant so that I can perhaps save the clone and forego buying more bare root plants next season. Then again, that runner comes at the cost of yield, so it may not be worth trying that versus simply supporting a local nursery that can supply me with new bare root plants the next year. But now to find one...
 
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I get bulk from Degroot. I planted 1000 asparagus last year and they were very nice crowns.
 
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Nourse farm will easily sell you that much and their prices are good.
 
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