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Northern NJ
immaprofessional
Jun 15, 2020 11:31 AM CST
Hi, I bought 3 biggish pots of strawberries from someone in our community fb gardening group. I'm pretty new at this. Every time I've bought something they were young plants usually propagated by the gardener. I paid for them and picked them up. They were much bigger than I'd expected so thought. Great. When I asked her, she said they were 9 years old. I said I'd heard that strawberries lasted up to 3 years but she said that they kept growing new shoots and she expected them to continue to do so. I tried a couple of the berries and they were the sourest strawberries I've ever tasted.

So I've got 2 questions. Is it possible to give them all the right fertilizers so next year they can grow sweet berries and continue for years to come? Then I'm thinking I've got to do a lot to plant these and if the chance of them not bearing good sweet berries is low what's the point. So is it bad form to return them and ask for my money back? Because of Covid19 we're both out of work so things are tight. Otherwise I'd just forget it. Thanks!
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jun 15, 2020 3:05 PM CST
At my house, I plant stuff in the sugar sand, and the fruit tends to be sweeter than the stuff grown in the clay in town.

So... it is possible that the potting soil is affecting the taste of the berries... But repairing potting soil?

The 9 year old plants that continue to send out runners...

I think maybe some of the meaning isn't coming through.

If the original plants sent out runners that rooted in the container... they wouldn't all be 9 year old plants.

If it was me... I'd be looking around for a spot to set them out in the garden....

Or... depending on what you paid... could be that most of the price was for the pot...

those can be expensive.

As you are suffering financially, and don't need a fancy pot, and didn't like the berries... you probably should explore getting your money back...

9 year old plants in a fancy pot that you don't need...
Prolly not the best money that you coulda invested in the garden.
Northern NJ
immaprofessional
Jun 15, 2020 4:08 PM CST
stone said:

Or... depending on what you paid... could be that most of the price was for the pot...

those can be expensive.

As you are suffering financially, and don't need a fancy pot, and didn't like the berries... you probably should explore getting your money back...

9 year old plants in a fancy pot that you don't need...
Prolly not the best money that you coulda invested in the garden.


Thanks! I just needed to make sure I wasn't crossing some unspoken (or maybe spoken) etiquette gardening rule!

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