C.O. Keddy Nursery Inc
982 Charles Keddy Rd
Phone number: 1-902-678-4497
Visitors are always welcome.
Our nursery is located in Lakeville, NS.
Here at C.O. Keddy Nursery Inc we offer a large selection of strawberry varieties that are sure to please. Whether you are looking for the best variety for a u-pick, commercial production or small scale production we have a variety to suit your needs. Please have a look at our Catalog for a list of varieties, their descriptions and information on what is available.
Our strawberries are packed in bundles of 25, we try to allow an extra 4% per 1000 plants for packing errors. Our nursery stock is available from the first on April through to early June but do not wait to order as many varieties sell out very fast. No orders will be held after June 1st, 2019 unless it has been paid in full. Some varieties are subject to a royalty fee which helps to support various breeding programs, please reference below for more information. For smaller orders into the U.S. Please contact us first.
A Dollar for Research
As in other years, our nursery will be sending $1.00 for every 1000 plants sold to the North American Strawberry Research Foundation. Most strawberry nurseries in Canada and the U.S. participate in this program to support strawberry research in North America. Several research projects in Nova Scotia have received funds from the foundation. For more information contact:
North American Strawberry Grower’s Association
72 Julia Drive, Welland, Ontario L3C 0E7
Phone 613-558-3220 email@example.com
While we guarantee satisfaction, we cannot be held liable in any way for more then the purchase price of the plants. We cannot be held liable for orders lost or damaged in transport due to improper address or shipping delays. If you are not satisfied with the plants you receive please contact us immediately as all claims must be in by the first of July.
If you are coming to pick up strawberry plants at the nursery be sure to bring something to cover them with, to protect them from the sun. When plants thaw out too quickly it can cause damage to the crowns
Planting and Growing Guide
Site Selection and Preparation: Site selection of the plants is one of the most important considerations for berry production, as it will affect your overall yield. The ideal conditions for strawberry production is in a well-drained, sandy field with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. They are tolerant to a wide range of soil conditions provided there is adequate drainage. Raised beds can be used if drainage is not ideal. Heavy clays should be avoided. In order to increase fertility the application of manure, green manure and fertilizers can be helpful. A soil test should be used to determine any inadequacies or adjustments that the soil may require. Do not plant where potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers have recently been planted as these plants can host Verticillium Wilt, a soil borne disease that can be detrimental to your crop. Strawberries require full sun for optimum berry production so select somewhere away from the shade of trees or buildings.
Planting: We recommend preparing the soil a year in advance to control preannual weeds and grasses. Plants should be planted as soon as possible after receiving them. Do not freeze plants after they are received but they can be stored in a cool place for a few days. Do not allow roots to become too dry or too wet. Plant spacing will be variety and system dependent but on average 18-24 inches apart is ideal with approximately 48-60 inches between rows. Be sure to plant so the crown is even with the soil surface and all roots are under the soil.
Maintenance: For optimum production weed control is essential. Shallow tilling near the plants will help to eliminate weeds and aerate the soil. Strawberries require large amounts of water for both irrigation and potential frost protection. Typical summer fruiting strawberries require about 1 inch of water per week so ensuring that your irrigation system is in proper working order is essential for berry production. In your first year removing the blossoms, irrigation, fertilizing are all practices that will help establish your crop and aid in a successful crop the following year.
Harvest: The stage of ripeness at harvest will help to maintain quality and storage life once harvested. Fruit harvested before it is fully mature will have a longer shelf life. Fruit that is fully ripe can tend to be soft, but will have the best flavor.