Strawberry Troubles! - Knowledgebase Question

Watertown, Co
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Question by holycrosskid
July 30, 2010
I planted strawberries this year and got some very tiny berries. However the plants from last year produced none at all, are growing like mad, and have these tiny yellow flower buds but produce no fruit! I'm almost positive these are strawberry plants though! Whats the problem? Thank you!

Answer from NGA
July 30, 2010
Strawberries take a year to establish before they will produce a good crop and then they begin to decline. By the third year in the ground they should be removed and replaced with fresh new plants. The usual practice is to allow some of the runners to root so they can become the new plants. It's possible that your plants have gotten too much nitrogen fertilizer which can result in rampant growth, but at the expense of flowers and fruits. Another problem might be that they are too bush making runners to be bothered with producing flowers and berries. Once you have the number of runners you need for replacement plants, pinch off any other runners that develop. This will force growth into the crown of the plant and should result in flowers and fruits. Good luck with your strawberry plants!

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