A berry good idea | Chatham Daily News – Lisa McLean, Tuesday April 7, 2015
Ontario strawberry farmers have a new way to grow strawberries, thanks to an innovative production method from a Thamesville nursery. If the system takes root, it could help lead to a year-round growing season for local Ontario strawberries.
Sandra Carther, owner of Carther Plants, began developing a new nursery system for strawberry plants in 2009. The system produces “plug plants” or plants that are grown in cell packs ready for transplant into the ground or a greenhouse.
Traditional strawberry nurseries produce “bare root” plants, which are grown outside. These plants are grown in the field and harvested in the fall, and then stored through the winter. Strawberry farmers in Ontario have traditionally planted dormant, frozen bare root plants each spring.
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