The Q&A Archives: Patio Strawberry & no blossoms

Question: In April I planted 5 patio strawberry plants in the container it came with. Today (mid June) the plants are big and there are lots of runners hanging out over the edges of the pot. No blossoms, and no berries. Will I get berries this year? Should I do anything with the runners?

Answer: Most strawberries set their blossoms the year before, bloom the next spring and produce berries. It may be possible that the flower buds on your plants were frozen, resulting in crop failure. Often, it is recommended that the blooms be removed from first year plants so that the plants can direct their energy to becoming established rather than to producing fruit. Runners are also generally removed to conserve plant energy for fruit production.

If however your patio strawberry is an alpine variety, you will find that the plants begin to produce in midsummer and continue for a long time after that. Some other varieties will also begin to produce a bit later in the season and then continue to produce over a long period. Good luck with your strawberries!

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