Getting Day-neturals Strawberries to Fruit - Knowledgebase Question

N.Muskegon, MI
Question by HDBiker
July 7, 1999
I planted a patch of Tristar strawberries for my granddaughters (they think you get strawberries at the store). This was the first week in May. I trimmmed all the blooms and the runners and was told this was to allow the root system to get more mature. So how do I get the plants to bloom? The plant in May, harvest in July thing is not working out people. I hope you have an answer, my girls are waiting for ripe berries that they know come from the store.

Answer from NGA
July 7, 1999


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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