[Market-farming] Holding Dormant Strawberry Plants

Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Sat Mar 26 09:36:48 EDT 2011

I have frequently had strawberry plants show up when the weather was  
too cold or too wet to finish the beds and get them planted. I hold  
them in an old produce cooler out in the barn, at temperatures in the  
low to mid 30's; and have had them keep as long as several weeks.

If your root cellar's fairly cold, I think it would work just fine;  
even if it's warmer than the 30's I think they'd be OK for a week or  
so. If the root cellar's in the 40's or warmer, and you can clear out  
your refrigerator vegetable drawers and fit them in there, that might  
be even better; but the main part of an ordinary refrigerator will  
probably dehydrate them too much. I'd choose a root cellar even in the  
50's over taking a chance on dehydrating them. -- You want them damp,  
but not sopping wet: check the package every couple of days and add  
just a little water on the roots if necessary.

-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale

On Mar 26, 2011, at 8:22 AM, Allan Balliett wrote:

> Folks - I got in a shipment of 1000 dormant strawberry plants
> yesterday. Because of the weather, I don't have the beds ready and,
> because of the weather, I probably can't get beds made (properly) for
> another week.
> Has anyone has luck holding dormant strawberry plants that long?
> I'm not seeing instructions at Nourse and from that get the
> implication that holding them without a 28 degree cooler and such is
> simply not going to work.
> (I think I'm just asking for someone to tell me to put them in the
> dark of the root cellar and plant them when I get to them.)
> What would you do?
> Thanks
> -Allan in WV where we had high 70's a week ago (and, yes, I got a lot
> of other stuff done then)  and snow predicted for this coming week.
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