Can I preserve my strawberry bushes in my greenhouse for second year? - Knowledgebase Question

Question by hmsep86
September 2, 2017
I have an strawberry greenhouse I plant bushes about 9 month adviser says bushes must be change avery years to have high quality strawberries .is it true? can I preserve bushes for second year and have high quality strawberries with a good food plan?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Answer from DaisyI
September 2, 2017


My cousin is a strawberry farmer and he replaces his plants every year.

I understand that you can keep them two years but one year is the fruiting year and the second year, you encourage runners to replace the plants. This way though, you are only harvesting fruit every other year so have to grow twice as many plants so you have a yearly harvest.

I would think that if you kept the runners trimmed off, you could harvest a second year but then you would have to buy more plants as you didn't grow any new plants.

I have watched the Hmong farmers. They do not prune the suckers but they pull their plants at the end of June (when it starts getting very hot so strawberries will no longer produce). As they pull the plants, they replant the suckers so the following February or March, they start picking fruit again. I suspect this is what my cousin does also.

Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
Answer from josebaca
September 2, 2017


Zanjan; I'm not a big strawberry fan, but my wife is. She also was under the impression that they needed replacement. We grow ours outside in a very raised bed, mainly to keep the runners under control. But I feel a good soil and proper fertilizing regimen will extend their fruiting vigor, and after a few years I'll remove the mature plants and keep the new growth. I don't recall the type she bought- did I mention I don't like them?- but she hasn't complained about their size, texture or flavor.
Hope this helps.

Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
A comment from Philipwonel
September 3, 2017
In the central valley of CA. I belive they plant in late summer , for fall, then spring crop. After that, they rip them out, for summer crop.
You might want to look into, and try a variety of everbearing.

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