A Far North strawberry grower has had to change plans as there is a shortage of strawberry plants. Most of the propagating strawberry plants in NZ are grown in the bay of Plenty which was hit by extremely wet weather earlier in the year destroying nearly 4 million plants. This decimated the strawberry plant crop and only a third of the plants actually got into the ground. Kaikohe Berries GM Todd Jackson says the business has had to diversify to manage future risk. Todd Jackson says if you see a strawberry nab it because there will be fewer this season – and more expensive.