Strawberries

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YOUR CHOICE OF PLANTS

We offer strawberry plants in a wide range of types, providing you with the opportunity to select the plants most suited to your needs; taking into account your growing system, planting window, target pick date and plant budget. This guide provides the key points for each type, summarising the propagation method and application recommended.

Soil Grown - Bare Root Plants

Sold as fresh dug plants until December and then as frozen/frigo plants ex cold store January - June, these plants will cary a cold store charge of £6.50 per thousand.

Fresh Plants

Our full range of June bearing varieties are available as fresh dug plants from early September until late December. The prices listed on this website are for fresh, standard grade plants unless otherwise specified.

Cold-Stored Plants

All varieties are offered as cold-stored (frigo) plants. Plants intended for cold storage are lifted when fully dormant and held at -1.8°c until required from 1st January until 30th June. A premium of £6.50 per thousand is charged for cold-stored plants.

NB: Plants shipped after 30th June are supplied at the customer’s own risk.Strawberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NB: This table is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing.

FPCS Charges

Strawberry FPCS Certification: £1.90 per 1000 plants.

Small Quantities (UK only)

All prices quoted on this website are for commercial sales and apply to quantities of 500 or more plants of an individual variety. We are pleased to supply smaller quantities across the range but need to charge a further £55/thousand to cover additional handling and packing costs. Orders of 50 plants or less for an individual variety are subject to our “Small Order” price list which is available upon request. Payment be credit card wil be subject to a 2% surcharge.

A+ Plants

Graded by crown size from traditional runner beds, these carefully selected plants represent 25-30% of the daughter plants. The precise crown diameter used during grading will vary from variety to variety and from year to year but under favourable establishment conditions, fruit growers can expect to harvest commercial yields within 50 - 60 days of planting. With fewer flowers than Waiting Bed plants, A+ are easier to establish and suitable for planting in soil any time from February to June and also for high density, late planting (June/July) in substrate by specialist growers. When grown in soil, plants can then be cropped for a further one or two seasons.

A Grade Plants

These plants are graded by crown diameter and represent the next 50% of the plants from the traditional runner bed. Ideal for planting in soil and often de-blossomed after planting , A Grade are a low risk, relatively low cost option for larger scale growers who are planning two and three year cropping cycles in lower input growing systems.

NB: A premium of £6.50 per thousand is charged for cold stored plants.

Substrate Grown Plants

Misted Tips

Grown to order for sale late July/early August, tips are easy to establish under light sprinkler irrigation, develop quickly and initiate high quality flower trusses with the potential to deliver a full crop of Class 1 fruit the next summer.

Rapidly gaining in popularity the misted tip plant enables the grower to replant a main season site with no loss of yield in the following year. This planting material has proved to be an extremely effective way of establishing the new, early selection Vibrant.

Plant varieties: Christine, Elegance, Elsanta, Fenella, Malling Centenary, Sonata, Symphony, Vibrant and other varieties on request.

Boxfords Fruit Farm's Vibrant. First red fruit 15th April 2012, Kent with the Farm's Director Mr Robert England.

Boxfords Fruit Farm's Vibrant. First red fruit 15th April 2012, Kent with the Farm's Director Mr Robert England.

The key features of our plants are:

 

  • Grown in 40-cell units each of 125cc capacity
  • Tips are harvested from field grown Super Elite mother plants entered for certification
  • Grown under Luminance THB film in a specialist production unit
  • All trays checked and gapped-up prior to despatch

 

Waiting Bed Plants

 

Plant varieties: Elegance, Elsanta, Fenella, Sonata, Vibrant

 

Good quality, high yielding waiting beds are the foundation of most large scale commercial grower’s production. By working closely with three highly regarded European propagators we are able to offer top quality waiting beds of the four mostly widely grown June bearing varieties. One of these propagators, Kraege Beerenpflanzen, located near the North German town of Munster, produces waiting beds exclusively for R.W. Walpole Ltd. Kraege has developed an enviable reputation as a result of the health of their material, their access to black organic sand sites and their agronomic expertise.

 

Kraege’s Waiting Bed field 2010

Kraege’s Waiting Bed field 2010

 

The preferred option for maximising '50-60 day' fruit yields in both substrate and soil based growing systems.  These plants are produced in a 'Waiting Bed', grown at a controlled density and are runner cut in order to maximise crown size, truss numbers and flower counts. Waiting Bed plants are ideal for programmed cropping by specialist growers.

 

Experienced growers will know that in order to maximise the fruiting potential of these plants they must only be grown under optimum conditions for rapid root development. For spring and summer planting, short cycle, high frequency sprinkler irrigation is required for successful plant establishment. Flower mapping is recommended.

 

We offer Waiting Bed plants in two forms:

 

Fresh Waiting Bed (FWB): grown from summer dug fresh plants and offered as 'heavies' for planting from January to March and 'mediums' and 'lights' for planting from April to June.

 

Double Cold-stored Waiting Bed (DCWB): grown on for a second season from over-wintered, cold-stored small plants and offered as 'heavies' - often multi-crowned plants - for planting from January to March and 'mediums' for planting from April to June.

 

Please order one year in advance to avoid disappointment - numbers are strictly limited.

 

 

Tray Plants

 

Grown to order in a 50:50 mix peat and coir. Tray plants maximise the truss and flower number in each plant allowing growers to plan their planting and cropping cycles to maximum effect.

 

Available ex cold-store January to late June.

 

Fresh Tray Plants (FTP): large single crowned plants grown from fresh tips, struck in July. Suitable for long term storage.

 

Double Cold-stored Tray Plants (DCTP): grown from cold-stored small plants, planted into trays in March/April these produce multi-crowned plants with high flower counts. Most suited to early planting to maximise the yield.

 

Mini Tray Plants (MTP): grown from later struck fresh tips these are easy to establish Jan/July offering a less costly lower yielding alternative for over-wintering.

 

 

Plant varieties: Elegance, Elsanta, Fenella, Malling Centenary, Sonata, Vibrant and other varieties on request.

 

 

Top quality Tray PlantsThe increasing use of substrate in intensive strawberry production has highlighted the advantages offered by top quality Tray Plants. Working closely with Plant Tech Innovations Ltd and Hillgate Nurseries gives us the advantage of growing in a new four metre, fully automated and robot served glasshouse site. Our tray plants are:

 

  • Derived from PHPS Certified Mother material.
  • Entered and inspected by UK Plant Health Inspectors under PHPS rules.
  • Grown at the ultra low density of 23 plants per square metre to maximise the individual plant’s potential yield.

 

 

Potting Grade Strawberry Plants

 

A convenient and economical starting point to establish a consistent and even potted plant for spring and early summer sales. Available ex-cold store from mid-December onwards. Varieties: Elsanta, Cambridge Favourite and Red Gauntlet.

 

For despatches:

of 5,000 or more plants in total: £100 per thousand

of less than 5,000 plants in total: £110 per thousand

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