Strawberry Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Belleville, IL
Question by patches1414
July 14, 2007
Do strawberry plants need to get some darkness at night to make flowers and produce fruit? I have some strawberry plants that I wintered over from baby plants last year, right now they appear to be very healthy and beautiful plants but they are not getting any flowers. They are planted in a bed at the back of my yard that receives light all night long from a pretty bright light from a church parking lot. I can't understand why I am not getting any flowers unless it because of the light or lack of bees to pollinate them. Do you have any ideas what is wrong?

Answer from NGA
July 14, 2007


You may be on to something, here. Strawberries are short-day plants, meaning they need long nights in order to produce flowers. In short-day plants flowering is inhibited by hormones called light receptors if light is absorbed over a long period of time. In short, if the nights are interrupted by even a brief period of low-intensity light the plant will not flower.

I don't know if this is what is happening to your plants, but it is certainly a possibility.

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