|I have 4 strawberry plants, and already have some strawberries ready to pick. (i think) I have a couple questions: |
1, is this normal for me to have strawberries already?
2, When do I know when they are ready to be picked?
and 3,How do I pick them? Do I cut them off, just pull them off, or is there a special way to do it?
I hope you can help me before my strawberry gets rotten!
|Some strawberry types are called "June Bearing" and they produce a single heavy crop, followed by sporatic berries during the summer; the other type of strawberry is called "everbearing" and they produce heavily all summer long. So, it isn't unusual for your berry plants to be producing in June.|
Strawberries are ripe when they are full colored and plump; their skins will shine. Overripe berries will begin to decline; lose their shine and become dull and wrinkled. Harvest one or two and taste them. If they're sweet and juicy, they're ripe. You can simply tug on a ripe berry and it should come right off the plant, cap and all. Underripe berries won't release with a gentle tug. You can cut them off if you wish.
Enjoy your berries!