Gigantic Strawberries? - Knowledgebase Question

Carlsbad, CA
Question by BARNOLD97
January 17, 1998
I have seem some ads about strawberries and tomato plants that grow all year and require doing almost nothing. It this just a farce?


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Answer from NGA
January 17, 1998

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In Southern California it's possible for tomato plants to grow for two years because they're tropical perennials. I think the no-care claim might be more wishful thinking than fact. Plants need water and food to live and produce.

Strawberry plants live for about 3 years before production diminishes, so they're considered perennials, too. But they will still need to be groomed and fed and watered.

Strawberries are either June-bearing or Ever-bearing. The June bearing plants produce all of their fruit at one time. The Ever-bearing varieties produce berries all summer long.

The bottom line is that both tomatoes and strawberries might live and grow all year, but they won't produce fruit until the fruiting cycles are triggered by summer weather.
Hope this information helps.

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