Questions tagged [strawberries]

Strawberries are a hybrid species (Fragaria × ananassa) in the rose family that are grown for their red, edible fruit.

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Why hasn't my strawberry plant produced any fruit?

I have a plant I bought that was started from Home Depot. Unfortunately it hasn't grown any fruit, even after a whole year. Around May this year (my second year), it produced two small flowers and it ...
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How often should soft fruit plants be replaced?

We inherited blackcurrants, gooseberries, raspberries and strawberries when we moved into our current property ten years ago. The blackcurrants and gooseberries still seem to be giving a healthy ...
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How can I effectively grow strawberries in my borders without weeds suffocating them?

Even if I remove all weeds around my strawberries a month's growth has them smothered in grasses, clover and other weeds. Is there anything I can put down that will help, or do I just need to manually ...
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What are the features that you should look for when buying a hydroponic system?

I'm interested in growing strawberries using hydroponics. I have read up and understand that there are several types of hydroponic systems, like deep water cultivation, ebb and flow, aeroponic, and ...
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Strawberry plants brown & brittle - is it disease, climate conditions, or bugs?

Most of my strawberry plants have leaves that first turned red, then brown and brittle. Leaves often snap off when harvesting what berries remain after the critters get them. I'm trying to balance ...
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Do strawberry runners start from age zero?

They say that strawberry plants don't produce good fruit as they become a few years old. Let's say a 5 year old strawberry plant starts a new plant via a runner. Does this runner have its biological ...
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How to stop small black worms from eating my strawberries?

I planted strawberries a couple of years ago in a small patch of my back yard (in Sacramento, CA) and this year they are finally producing lots of strawberries. However, something is eating "divots" ...
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Why do all my strawberries become moldy?

We have a strawberry patch in our back yard. There seems to be a lot of mold growing there, which is getting to the berries before we can. What can I do to prevent this from happening? Cool, and ...
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My lawn is full of wild strawberries. What else can thrive in my soil?

My lawn seems to have more wild strawberries than grass (especially in the shady areas), which means it needs some work. But if it can support strawberries, there must be some great fruits/vegetables/...
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What causes very small black solid spots on strawberry leaves?

I found these little black solid spots on the back on my strawberry leaves. They look like seeds but they are very soft. What causes them, and should I do anything to treat them?
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How to protect strawberries from "predators"

I'm starting to prepare my gardening year and I'm wondering what the most efficient and organic way is to protect strawberries from birds and slugs. I'm not at all against sharing a part of my fruit ...
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Alpine strawberries growing conditions

I remember eating the most flavourful and fragrant alpine strawberries in Germany a few years ago, and I'd like to try growing them in my garden in South Africa. The climate is obviously quite ...
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Is there an organic way to remove wild strawberries from a lawn?

We have a variety of areas in our lawn where the wild strawberries are consistently killing our grass. Is there an organic way to control these? We have been fairly successful at tackling other weeds (...
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When is the best time of year to transplant established strawberries?

I've got a 4 foot by 8 foot bed of Mara des Bois strawberries that's been growing for about 4 years now. Due to excessive heat the last two years about half the plants have died. I would like to dig ...
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Strawberries only half red

Why do my strawberries only grow half red, so the top half is nice and red and the bottom half is white? If I pick my strawberries like this can I leave them a couple of days near a window so the ...
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Understanding the flowering of strawberries

When I moved into my house last year I found a bed of (unmaintained) strawberries which despite that were fruiting quite well. This spring I cleaned up and dug out all of them and removed weeds. Then ...
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Can I add soil to strawberries, creating a raised bed?

I'm moving into a new house that has a good sized strawberry patch on one of the corners of the lawn. I want to build a large raised bed for it and help it spread out more. If I build the border of ...
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Should I cull June-bearing strawberries for fall bearing?

This year some of my Gurney's Whopper strawberries, a June-bearing variety, produced a few berries in the fall. That might weaken the plants for next years crop. Will culling them for this be ...
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If I plant strawberry plants in the fall, would I still need to pinch the flowers for the first year?

For strawberry plants, I know you're supposed to take the flowers off of them for the first year (pinch them) so that they focus on developing the plants rather than the fruits. Then the fruits ...
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Brown leaves on strawberries

We did not mulch our strawberries this winter and we have brown leaves on some of the plants. Do we take the brown leaves off?
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After picking strawberries, how should I prune the fruiting stems?

I have Seascape Strawberry plants. They are day-neutral. Some squirrels and I have eaten the strawberries. What should I do with the stems that have been eaten from? Should they be cut away or will ...
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What's the best way to care for and feed my strawberry plants?

Now that strawberry season is upon us, I wanted to be proactive to maximize the output of my 7-8 small strawberry plants. I have had these plants for 4 years now and the results have been mixed in ...
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What are some tips on growing strawberries from seed?

I have a reasonable amount of practice growing things from seed but I recently spread a whole packet of strawberry seed at the right depth and didn't get a single sprouter. I'm hoping to get some pro-...
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What is eating my strawberries?

I think these are maple bugs, but I have never seen them in the garden. Do they normally attack a garden? They are after the strawberries, squash and tomatoes. I am in British Columbia, Canada, in the ...
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Has anyone seen this kind of eggs in their kale and strawberry?

I guess these are eggs of some pest which is infecting the kale and strawberry plants in our garden. Has anyone seen something similar to this? If yes, what did you do to get rid of them without any ...
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Why would we cut off leaves of strawberry plants once the harvest is done?

Each year since I'm following Gardener's World (a BBC show for gardeners), Monty Don cuts off the leaves of his early strawberry plants once the harvest is done (in June or July). Last year I did it ...
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Are large strawberries supposed to be fan-shaped?

My new Gurney's Whopper strawberries are growing large as advertised, but are an odd fan shape. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong? I have here a picture of Gurney's Whopper strawberries ...
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How do I get rid of broad-leaved dock in my strawberry bed?

I have a strawberry bed that the strawberry plants like to grow in, but broad-leaved dock (also known as Bitter Dock, Bluntleaf Dock, Dock Leaf or Butter Dock) seems to like it better. They are trying ...
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What are these coatings on strawberry stems?

My strawberry plants have some kind of coating on their stems. It looks like dirt, but I've removed it several times and it keeps coming back. It also follows the stem. It doesn't seem to harm the ...
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How do I figure out what pest is eating my strawberries?

What is eating my strawberries? Every other morning I come to my patch and see the ripening berries are getting eaten ( see photo attached). I have added a net over the top to try and deter birds. I ...
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How to get my strawberry to grow runners?

I have a year and a half old mini-strawberry (the small-fruit kind) plant. I have heard a lot about strawberries growing runners, but mine never did. Is there something I should do to "coax" it to ...
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Red Berry ID Assistance

This berry has shot up in our strawberry patch - not sure what it is Anyone have any ideas Cheers Chris
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Can you plant a strawberry from fruit?

I have an alpine strawberry plant which produces fruit (and no runners). How can I make a second plant from this one? Can I remove the seeds from a fruit and plant them?
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Can I accelerate the ripening of strawberries?

It's Xmas Eve and the only strawberries in the shops were not quite ripe. I've got guests tomorrow at lunch and I've got to ripen these overnight! Strawberries are classically considered non-...
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What are these small, round, red berries covered with bumps, on low-growing plants in Upstate New York?

I found these bumpy red berries on low-growing plants growing wild in my lawn. They look kind of like wild strawberries, but they are rounder with more pronounced bumps. Do you have any ideas as to ...
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What to do with strawberry plants planted in a soil with lot of nitrogen in it?

When I planted my strawberry plants which I bought from Walmart into a 2.5' (Length) x 2.5' (Width) x 10" (Depth) cedar planter, I filled ~5" with top soil and then layered about an inch of steer ...
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What's the best way to eliminate slugs on strawberries?

I am new to strawberries, but I have about 50 plants (maybe was too aggressive with my order)that have just started producing fruit. About one in five berries has a chunk missing - I'm assuming this ...
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Growing Strawberries in Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia (Winter season)

I sowed strawberry seeds and they germinated just now after the passage of a long heavy rainstorm. I am living in Al Khubar, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia which is a desert region. It is currently ...
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How do I grow strawberries from seed?

I'm thinking about saving my own strawberry seeds. I have some questions about the ideal conditions for optimal germination: What soil/mix is best? How deep should they be planted? What is the best ...
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How can I save seeds from strawberries?

I'm interested in knowing how to save the seeds of the common strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa. At which point in the ripening of the fruit are strawberry seeds ready to be harvested, and how are they ...
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Can strawberries be grown year-round indoors?

Are there particular varieties that are best suited for indoor growing? Will the plant die after producing fruit after x amount of harvests? Are particular lighting schedules required to produce ...
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Why are the ends of my strawberries not formed properly?

My strawberries have just started fruiting and they have turned red quite nicely, except that the ends seem to be this brown/black colour which hasn't gone away. They are growing in a home-made ...
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Discouraging Strawberry Runners

OK, how to encourage strawberries to runner is a common question, but I am having the opposite issue, too many runners. I planted a new bed last year, and with first year plants I would generally ...
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My first strawberries of the season are not very flavorful

I have a strawberry patch that I've left go for the past few years. It's gotten rather wild in the back garden as I've had little time to really devote to gardening lately. I went out to the patch ...
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Strawberries from seed. Apparently growth stopped. is it fine?

I planted strawberry seeds on coconut seed starters. The seedlings did come, and I got two nice set of round leaves (the cotyledons I guess) for each seed followed by a new pair of nice, real leaves. ...
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Why are strawberries cooled before planting, and what is a term for this procedure?

I've heard that it's a practice to cool strawberry plants to a low temperature (~2 °C/~35 °F) for some time before planting them. Supposedly this results in an increased growth tempo of the plants in ...
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How to make strawberries bear fruits?

I have a hundred potted strawberries and some on plots. I've taken care for more than six months and they haven't borne flowers. They just kept growing some runners, and I have a hard time preparing ...
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What should I do to make my strawberry a perennial?

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/care-tristar-strawberries-45860.html says that Strawberries grow as perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9, depending on the ...
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Will indoor-grown strawberries flower multiple times, if grown all year long?

My parents have a great garden that they started a few years ago with a bed of strawberries and a few other things. My dad built a box to keep out rabbits, but soon enough the strawberries had ...
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Difference in supplementary lighting between greens and strawberries?

I read that for greens like salad you can provide supplementary light hours (during night time) in order to increase the growing speed. Some species even tolerate continuous lighting. Is the same ...