The Q&A Archives: Neglected Strawberries

Question: I started Ozark Beauty and another kind of strawberry plant on the western side of my house in late April early May. Unfortunately morning sickness got the best of me and I was unable to tend to them. I'm sure you can guess how it looked after a couple of months of rain, fertilizer,and sunlight.
I started pulling the weeds and found baby and large strawberry plants intertwined. I don't see any flowers on them. How long does it take for strawberries to start blossoming? What color are the flowers? Is there a website or book that I can find a picture of how strawberry plants look full grown?

Answer: Unfortunately, a strawberry patch can run quickly out of control. You will need to thin out most of the baby plants as best you can, and keep doing that as they appear. Ozark Beauty will produce berries off and on all summer, so you should see the white blossoms followed by berries from time to time.

June bearing strawberries usually do not bear the first year they are planted. The reason for this is that the flower buds are removed when the plants are dug for shipping. So if the other variety you planted was a June bearer, do not expect berries until next spring. (The buds will be forming this fall for next spring's crop.)

You may find the following web site information about strawberries in a home garden helpful.

Unfortunately I am unable to quickly find a photo of a mature plant, however they look the same as the babies only larger and are about, say, the size of a basketball.

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