Written by Gardyn’s Head of Plant Health and Nutrition & Food Scientist, Lindsay Springer
As the leaves and temperatures continue to fall, Gardyn props open the door to fresh, sweet, summer indulgences all winter long with the introduction of Gardyn Strawberries!
Unlike our seeded yCubes, Gardyn Strawberry yCubes contain a dormant, bare root strawberry plant that will spring to life just days after planting, providing you with bright red, succulent berries throughout the winter season.
Our NEW Gardyn Strawberry Plants Are:
Selected by our Plant Health and Nutrition Team to deliver an amazing growing and eating experience
Organic bare root strawberry plants, grown right in the USA
Super easy to add to your Gardyn in just 1 minute! Simply rinse and trim the roots, then pop them into your Gardyn with plant food.
Day-neutral, meaning they will continue to flower and produce fruit throughout your indoor growing season. You can even transplant them outdoors in the spring!
What’s the deal with grocery store strawberries anyway?
Strawberries top the EWG’s dirty dozen list each year as the crop most polluted with pesticides. Growing close to the ground and being so tender and sweet make strawberries susceptible to significant pest damage and unable to be washed before packing, hence the persistence of excess agrochemicals in grocery store strawberries.
Buying Organic Strawberries may reduce your personal exposure to pesticides on the fruit, but did you know that even USDA-Certified Organic strawberries can be produced from strawberry plants that grew up in fumigated soils?
Due to loopholes in the National Organic Program standard, organic strawberry growers are allowed to purchase strawberry plants sourced from nurseries that practice soil fumigation as a way to sanitize against strawberry pathogens.
Only two US strawberry nurseries uphold the organic standard for growing USDA-Certified Strawberry Plants in the US.
Food Miles and Food (+ Plastic) Waste
Between March and November each year, more than 90% of the US’s strawberries are supplied from California. In the winter and early spring, most strawberries come from Mexico or Florida. With a shelf life of only ~14 days from harvest, these long transit routes contribute to strawberries ranking among the most wasted fresh foods, with an estimated 64% of them lost before consumption. Plus, strawberries’ plastic packaging is not universally recyclable.