Answer: Generally, the bud and blossom pruning only continues til the plants are growing well and strong. If they are vigorous enough to be sprouting new runners, then you certainly can leave any new blossom buds, and they'll form fruit once they are pollinated. Keep the soil around the plants evenly moist (but not wet). I know children can be impatient when it comes to treats like strawberries, but once your plants are established, they'll bear fruit for years. Can you interest them in the different steps of the process (planting, pruning, watering, watching blossoms turn to fruit, and finally, harvest)? Maybe they'll also learn that the best things in life -- like grandchildren -- are worth waiting for.
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