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primrosebud
Apr 17, 2017 9:32 AM CST
Hey there!! So I am growing a small strawberry garden with three different varieties. Two are ever-bearing plants and one is a June-bearing plant. I want to eventually expand my garden by using runners but I also want to have a strong mother plant. I just planted three Strawberry "Allstars" (June-bearing) in my garden and each plant has at least a few runners.

Does anyone have any recommendations on what I should do about the runners. Should I cut them all off right now so that all the energy goes into the mother plant? Or should I leave some of the runners attached?

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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Apr 17, 2017 12:01 PM CST
The runners will make new plants.
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Apr 17, 2017 12:09 PM CST
You can do whatever you want to do. I take them off and plant them as new plants, but if you leave them, they will root down on their own. I don't think it makes much difference for the mother plant.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 18, 2017 6:40 PM CST
There's an article in the Learning Library that might be helpful: https://garden.org/learn/artic...
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primrosebud
Apr 18, 2017 8:50 PM CST
Thank you all for your responses! I'm excited, this is the first year I have strawberries in the ground and I hope it will be a success! Part of me wants to be impatient and let the berries form this year, but then I also want to pinch off the flowers so next year I get big strawberries...Does anyone have any thoughts or experience with pinching the flowers off strawberry plants the first growing season? I guess I can always pick a couple plants to experiment with...
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 18, 2017 10:08 PM CST
It's so hard to be patient... and I can totally relate to everything you are saying, because I am also planting strawberries this year. My 40+ years of gardening experience, however, say "do it the way you are supposed to." Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Apr 19, 2017 7:38 AM CST
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Let em get ripe. And. Pick and eat.
Pinching flowers is not going to make any difference.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 19, 2017 7:52 AM CST
This article in the Learning Library -- https://garden.org/learn/artic... recommends pinching all of the flowers off the first year the plants are in the ground, to allow them to become established.

Quoting from the article: "You must not let the new plants set berries in their first year. They will try to fruit, but you must pick off the blossoms as they appear. This way, instead of fruiting, the mother plants will produce vigorous daughters that will yield well the following year."

I've seen quite a few other articles that advise the same thing.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Apr 19, 2017 8:24 AM CST
Is that for the everbearing varities Sandy ? Hear in SJ valley. The farmers plant early, harvest berries in april to may. Berries peeter out, they plow them under to plant squash, beans, etc.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 19, 2017 9:29 AM CST
Apparently the removal of all the flowers is for June-bearers...

I found this when I googled: "Remove blossoms and runners in the first year for June-bearers. For everbearers, remove blossoms and runners only until July 1. Removing blossoms and runners enhances strawberry production and plant growth." ( http://homeguides.sfgate.com/g... )
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greene
Apr 19, 2017 9:38 AM CST
I sometimes set small pots of soil around the mother plant. As the runners grow I pin then to the soil in the pots. When the babies get large enough I cut their apron strings and either plant elsewhere or share with friends.
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