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Zone 5 Iowa
Jun 23, 2014 5:43 AM CST
I have a strawberry bed of everbearing strawberries, they started out doing great but now
not so much.
Do I need to fertilize them or what do I need to do?
Thanks for your help and so glad I found this site.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Jun 23, 2014 9:26 AM CST
I think we need more information please. We don't know your zone, when and how the strawberries were planted, what time frame since you noticed the decline in condition, what type of soil, in ground or raised bed, sun/shade, watering habits, etc.

And photos would help.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Zone 5 Iowa
Jun 23, 2014 10:48 AM CST
Bed was planted 2 yrs ago
zone 5
watered when needed or it rains
sorry can't upload photos
Iowa soil
flat bed
Noticed it yesterday when out picking that there were no blooms on the plants
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Jun 23, 2014 11:58 AM CST
You definitely need to fertilize if you haven't yet. Also the plants will need more water as the weather gets hotter.

Even everbearers don't bear all the time. They will bear in spurts, then grow more leaves before putting on more flowers. Not a bad idea to fertilize lightly between crops to keep them growing.

They're called that because they do bear more berries through summer, whereas June bearers have one big crop and are done.

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Zone 5 Iowa
Jun 24, 2014 6:05 AM CST
What is the best kind of fertilizer for them?
This is all new to me and I really appreciate the help. Thank You!
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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Jun 24, 2014 6:15 AM CST
It's been my experience (I'm in PA zone 6a; clay soil) that when a strawberry bed starts to "peter out" after a couple years you'll do best to dig it up and replant. I know they say not to replant the young "runner" plants because of possible disease, but I've had good success with that. Here's my humble advice: Go ahead and keep your bed watered and fed (I'd give it Miracle Gro maybe once every week or so). Mulch/feed it with compost (bagged cow manure is a good fertilizer for strawberry's easy to work it in around the plants; you can buy it at Lowe's/Home Depot, etc.) Harvest what berries you can from it.

Then, in the fall, when the weather is cool (September/Oct), prepare a new bed somewhere else and lift the young plants from your old bed and replant. Or, of course, you can dig out the bed, amend the soil with lots of compost and replant there. OR you can buy all new plants and replant.

One other thing you might try (my friend does this): once you've picked all the berries, cut the plants right down (he runs a lawnmower over his bed). Then keep them watered and fed and you should see new growth very soon. I'm a little leery of this, so I'd only do it on part of the bed first to see how it goes. Good luck.
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Zone 5 Iowa
Jun 24, 2014 6:52 AM CST
thank you for all the advice like I said this is all new to me and my dear Aunt that had a great
strawberry bed when I was a kid is dancing with the angels now so can't pick her brain.

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