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Post  sheslostit on 3/23/2011, 6:40 pm

So i've just planted everbearing strawberries (ozarks) and i have a question...some say you should trim the flowers off until june for better berry production. Have any of you done this? Or do you just let the plants be?
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 3/28/2011, 6:20 pm

Sheslostit, I'd like to know about trimming off runners as well. We just received our new strawberry plants and have planted them out: 25 plants each in two four-foot square beds. One bed has Seascape, the other Tristar--both claim to be everbearing. After 2 days in their new beds, they look good....my fingers are crossed. Our old and delicious rhubarb plant is putting out new leaves and my mouth is set for strawberry-rhubarb pie!
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Post  dizzygardener on 3/28/2011, 6:28 pm

How old are your plants?

If they are less than a year old you should cut off all the flowers so the plants can focus on producing a healthy well-established root system. After the first year you can let them bear fruit.

If you don't cut the flowers off you will still get strawberries, but not a whole heck of a lot and you'll have a poorly developed plant.

If the plant is over a year old then you don't need to remove the blossoms. If you are planting the strawberries in your SFG you'll want to clip off the runners to prevent the plant from taking over your box (unless that is want you want them to do).


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Post  WardinWake on 3/28/2011, 7:48 pm

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:Sheslostit, I'd like to know about trimming off runners as well. We just received our new strawberry plants and have planted them out: 25 plants each in two four-foot square beds. One bed has Seascape, the other Tristar--both claim to be everbearing. After 2 days in their new beds, they look good....my fingers are crossed. Our old and delicious rhubarb plant is putting out new leaves and my mouth is set for strawberry-rhubarb pie!

Howdy Nonna:

Like any new baby it "depends". If you want max production from your plants the first year clip off the runners as they form. If you wish to expand your planting of strawberries allow the runners to grow. The runners will soon start baby plants that you can place in buried cups (with drain holes) while they are still attached to the mother plant. After the baby has set it's own roots you can then cut the runner from the mother plant and move the new strawberry plant to a new home. You can also just allow the runners to set root in your SFG, clip and move by digging up the new plant being careful with the roots of the mother plant. If you allow the runners to set new plants in the beds they will overfill the beds. As I recall if you want to allow the plants to expand and stay in your SFG plant one per square. If you will be cutting the runners off as they form plant 4 per square.

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 3/28/2011, 9:13 pm

WardinWake, thank you for the info. Now I know why I was delighted when my son fell in love with, and married, a lady from Virginia.
And to dizzygardener, I shall follow your advice, but it doesn't look like we'll get many strawberries for the pie that way. Luckily, we still have around 20 plants in an old bed nearer to the house--not as desirable a variety as those newly planted, but perhaps we'll have enough s'berries to satisfy us until next year.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/29/2011, 10:57 am

I picked strawberries for $ on large commercial farms from age 7-16.

I doubt that these berry farmers had the time or technology to trim off the flowers on first-year plants!. Usually, second- and third-year plants produced the most fruit.
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Post  dizzygardener on 3/29/2011, 12:45 pm

You'd be surprised how many growers do. They need that best productivity they can get. You really do get much MUCH better yields that way. The same is true of blueberries except they don't let them set fruit until year three. Growers who grow indeterminate tomatoes also clip off the suckers. They have the man hours to do it.

But hey, people are free to do as they please. At the end of the day, when these plants grow wild there is no one to clip off flowers, etc. I'm just mentioning best practices here for an improved harvest.
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Post  jillschmill on 4/14/2011, 10:13 pm

A further question...

Last year I had strawberries planted that I didn't cut the flowers off of (amateur mistake). I also let the runners plant themselves and root. So this spring when I was moving my SFG, I dug out all the plants, split all of them into separate plants, and replanted them. So my question is, Do I trim the flowers off of them this year? Are these runners considered "new plants" or not? They've started to flower already and I just planted them this weekend. Thanks!! I'm trying to have an entire 4x4 of just strawberries and want to do it right this year.

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Post  tkdtara84 on 4/14/2011, 11:58 pm

The pinching off flowers is a heavily debated topic. I plan to let mine fruit this year since it's debatable. My aunt has tried both ways without noticing a difference, but I'm not basing my decision on that anecdotal evidence alone. If you do some reading, you'll find there's no solid proof either way. Since they can't prove it to me, I'd rather have the berries. Very Happy
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 4/15/2011, 10:34 am

About every two years, my mom (premier gardner in the family) takes up her strawberries, amends the bed with compost, and replants the young plants, discarding the oldest mother plants. She does not remove the flowers, and harvests strawberries all summer and fall, lots of strawberries! My take on this is: Granny is 89 years old, she's worked with s'berries nearly all her life, she gets lots, she must know what she's doing, I'll do what she does. end of story
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Post  Lavender Debs on 4/15/2011, 11:35 am

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:snip..... She does not remove the flowers, and harvests strawberries all summer and fall, lots of strawberries! My take on this is: Granny is 89 years old, she's worked with s'berries nearly all her life, she gets lots, she must know what she's doing, I'll do what she does. end of story

+1 (same with both my gram'mas)

I know people who are committed to one way or the other. With runners and flowers. They both end up with good jam.

I let mine fruit and eat the berries. They are still stronger in the 2nd year than the first but I already know what I'm getting. I feel like what I do for them in fall has more to do with what kind of fruit I'll get next summer.

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Post  pattipan on 4/15/2011, 11:43 am

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:About every two years, my mom (premier gardner in the family) takes up her strawberries, amends the bed with compost, and replants the young plants, discarding the oldest mother plants. She does not remove the flowers, and harvests strawberries all summer and fall, lots of strawberries! My take on this is: Granny is 89 years old, she's worked with s'berries nearly all her life, she gets lots, she must know what she's doing, I'll do what she does. end of story

That's good to hear. I have my ever-bearing strawberries in those half-barrel cedar planters (in Mel's Mix) and I've been wondering about how to renew/add new the compost. I've was thinking of doing it like your grandma this Fall when they're done fruiting.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 4/15/2011, 5:16 pm

Those strawberries are looking good.
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Post  staf74 on 4/15/2011, 5:41 pm

I don't mean to intervene here, just that something is puzzling me.

And to dizzygardener, I shall follow your advice....

But then....

My take on this is: Granny is 89 years old, she's worked with s'berries nearly all her life, she gets lots, she must know what she's doing, I'll do what she does. end of story

Perhaps I'm wrong but forum etiquette appears to have been forgotten somewhat. Dizzy was only offering advice and trying to help.
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 4/16/2011, 1:30 am

I'd guess both posts were posted about the same time. Don't think I ready dizzy's post before I wrote about my mom's way of raising strawberries. It wasn't meant as a critique of any other way of growing strawberries. Just a comment on one way that has been successful.
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Post  NaturesApprentice on 4/26/2011, 9:26 pm

I've got these mini strawberries (Ozark Beauty) and one looks yummy, but is still green around the stem. How do I know when they are ready to pick?

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Post  CindiLou on 4/26/2011, 9:28 pm

When you can taste it!

sorry...seriously many still have green at the stem but are ready. Preferable no green but watch out for the birds they don't get it first!
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Post  Melbourne on 4/27/2011, 9:24 am

@CindiLou wrote:When you can taste it!

sorry...seriously many still have green at the stem but are ready. Preferable no green but watch out for the birds they don't get it first!

I second this, we have been losing probably 3/4 of our berries to birds and Chipmunks. This year I'm going to net everything.
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Post  quiltbea on 4/27/2011, 9:54 am

Whatever method you choose, be sure to cover those lovelies with netting of some kind before they are fully ripe or the birds might get to breakfast before you do.
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Post  Lavender Debs on 4/27/2011, 11:23 am

Golly I hope last year was the tithe to creation year.

I wait and wait for pie cherries and if I don't net them up in time all I have to pick are neatly stripped pits hanging in the tree. I've never had a sweet cherry tree before; do they do the same thing to those?

Those little bitty slugs we call plant lice are what do the damage to my strawberries (I've only grown them in the mountains, this will be the first year for in ground strawberries at sea-level) Some years I would just give up and tell the family that the little hole in the shoulder was the inspectors stamp of approval.

Debs... still a little nutty about the yummy purple asparagus I got to harvest yesterday WOW.
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