Today we’re privileged to learn about some farming happening in California thanks to another great post from my sister-in-law!
So back to farming in California…..
It’s time to start planting the next years strawberry crop! Remember the post in October with the Puncher? The Puncher, so cleverly named, was used to punch holes in the plastic to prepare the beds for planting. But prior to planting we have to get our strawberry transplants. All the acres for commercial strawberry production are planted with transplants.
Where do the transplants come from? Strawberry plants have two methods of reproducing 1) make a strawberry with seeds or 2) make stolons which result in new little plants identical to the original plant. (stolons are a modified shoots that run horizontal to the ground….if you grow strawberries in your garden I’m sure you see them all the time)
Acres of strawberries are planted in nurseries in Northern California solely to produce plants with stolons like the picture above. The stolons are harvested with a machine similar to a potato digger.
The machine digs into the top 6 inches of soil. The soil is separated off by sieves. And the stolons are transferred to the white bin on the back of the machine. These plants can now be planted in the commercial production fields.
Strawberry stolons after digging
Aerial picture of new strawberry fields ready for planting
Strawberry plants about 2 weeks after planting.