Where to get strawberry plugs?

c9pilot(9b/10a)October 19, 2013

My son is outside drilling holes in my (new, unused) sewer pipe right now, but I don't really want to drive all the way to Plant City to buy strawberry plugs - since I live in south St Pete.

Does anybody know where I can get some locally?

I will also accept any recommendations on varieties!

Here's a link to what I'm trying (!!!) to set up:

Here is a link that might be useful: PVC Strawberry Tower

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starryrider(9)

call your extension office. I know a couple up here are selling them and if not they may know where you can buy some locally.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 1:56PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
Sounds like a great idea, sort of a strawberry jar on steroids lol. Are you going to use hydroponic method?? Any tips on how to keep it upright?? No help on plugs I usually get mine from the box stores as I use the jars so only get 25.
Last year had good luck with everbearing "ozark beauty' outlasted june bearing "fiesta" . have always wanted to try seeds but seems a LOT of work?? good luck gary

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 4:38AM
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katkin_gw

I was going to suggest the box stores, I know HD has them in my area now.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 7:44AM
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happy_fl_gardener

Gary - I started some strawberry seeds in August. They are heat sensitive so I planted them inside and just put them outside on the deck yesterday. The seed type strawberry is an alpine variety, small plants with small fruits. My plants have been blooming for weeks now with no fruit set. Guess they must be outside for the insects to get busy or perhaps my house temp was too warm. We'll see soon.

Christine

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 3:13PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I'm not familiar with the Alpine variety. I grow Festival and they don't fruit until January.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 3:29PM
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amberroses(10a)

Christine, I planted alpines a while ago and they did very well. A few lasted through the summer and into the next year. The problem I had was sow bugs eating them. I should really try again. I get my regular strawberry plugs from Parksdale Farms. The big box stores around here are very expensive and one plant is $4. One strawberry plant doesn't make many strawberries.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 5:39PM
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happy_fl_gardener

amberroses - I'm so pleased to hear that your alpine strawberry plants were so hardy. I kept mine inside until the cool down because I thought that the heat would cause them to decline. I'll watch out for bugs. My Festivals have had caterpillars on them already. I bought mine (Festivals) for 50 cents at my local Ag Center, a one shot deal. How was the flavor of the alpines?

Christine

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 8:44PM
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amberroses(10a)

The flavor was good, but they're really small. They made plenty of tiny strawberries. A few did survive through the summer, but they only produced strawberries when it was cooler. I had a red ones and yellow ones. I think I should try again.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 10:56AM
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