Q: How Fast Do Strawberry Plants Grow?
On January 26, 2017, Mostafa, asked: How fast do strawberry plants grow in km/h?
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No one has ever asked me before how fast in km/h a strawberry plant grows! An average modern strawberry plant can be expected to reach towering heights of about 12 inches at its highest point (it is, after all, a forb). It usually takes an established strawberry plant about 2 months from the break of dormancy to get there. A new seedling will typically take around 6 months to reach that milestone after germination, depending on its environment.
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Q: What Causes Brown Spots on Strawberries?
On January 3rd, 2017, Jim asked:
I made an incredible raised bed garden just for strawberry plants. The plants have bloomed and now the berrys are turning brown. What is the likely cause and is there a remendy for this situation? I have planted strawberry plants in a raised bed planter using organic soil … I’m in central Florida and the plants are doing splendid, however, the berry turns brown and it appears as if the seeds on the berry fall off. I have found no reference to this situation in any websites I have perused. I’m hoping you can clue me in to whats happening, or at least give me the proper words for the obituary.
Answer to: What Causes Brown Spots on Strawberries?
It can be extremely frustrating to spend as much time and effort making a great strawberry bed only to have your strawberries turn brown or rot on the plants before you get to enjoy the sweet fruits of your labor. There are several things that can cause brown spots on strawberries, but the most common two are rot caused by partial animal or insect feeding and a fungal organism. The first (pests) is likely self-explanatory. The second, however, can be more insidious. This post will deal with the second major cause of brown spots on strawberries: leather rot.
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For any home gardener, birds can be a problem. Berries of all sorts disappear down the beaks of our feathered foes. Unfortunately, strawberries are not exception. Frustrated people ask fairly frequently how to keep birds away from strawberries. Well, fret not, my friends. I have full faith that you can out-smart the flying fiends. Most folks know that birds aren’t brilliant. In fact, they are quite mentally diminutive. However, they do learn quickly where the fast food may be found. If you have already surrendered a crop of strawberries to the neighborhood aviators, this method might be more difficult to pull off. If you haven’t, you might take a subtle satisfaction at tricking the fluff-brains into leaving your harvest alone…
How to Keep Birds Away from Strawberries (with trickery!)
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If You Plant a Strawberry Top, Will It Grow a Strawberry?
Over the course of the years, I have had several people ask me this question, or a version of it: “If you plant a strawberry top, will it grow a strawberry?” This year, however, I have received a noticeable increase in the number of curious questioners hoping to make good on the part of the strawberry most commonly used as a grip while the rest of the fruit is gnawed in happy contentment. After all, the little bit of white flesh left under the calyx and stem isn’t good for much other than, perhaps, making a bit of strawberry water. I don’t know why the curiosity has spiked, but it is a valid question. Since curious minds want to know…
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Q: When Do Strawberry Plants Die?
On September 13th, 2011, Elenor asked:
When do strawberry plants die? My strawberry plants are doing badly. They used to flourish for the first 3 years, but now are thinning out and getting scraggly. It is mid-September, I read about renovation – to be done around June after harvest. Can these plants be dug up and dried out through the winter, and replanted in the spring? When I bought them they were just dried out looking bare clean roots. What should I do to keep them happy and healthy?
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Q: How Old Are My Strawberry Plants?
On June 7, 2011, Diane asked:
We have strawberries in raised beds. We are getting smaller and smaller berries every year. I think I need to thin the plants. Is there a way to tell by looking at them which plants are oldest? I need to know how old are my strawberry plants. We also need to fertilize and water them. We were really just letting nature take it’s course. With a fair amount of success until now. The berries are just mostly really small this year. Thanks for this site. It was very helpful. I’m also wondering if when you create new plants from runners are you supposed to pinch off the blossoms on those or just on new bare root plants? If you are supposed to pinch them off the new runner plants, how can you tell which plants are new in the Spring? They all look the same to me in the bed. Thanks.
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Q: How Should I be Caring for Strawberry Plants in Warm Winters?
On December 28, 2015, Sarah asked:
Should I cut my plants back before mulching? If so, how much? I am growing Yellow Wonder yellow alpine strawberries and they were really unique and tasty berries last summer, and very happy plants – not fussy at all. I am in Brooklyn, NY z7a and our weather this winter is record breaking warm. I have left my strawberries (and some of my flowers and herbs) as they were through the growing season. My strawberries are still flowering, and even some cavalier fruits are going for it! So I’ve left them alone because I was just so darn curious what they would do in this extremely unseasonable weather. But it may actually finally become winter here soon, I hope, so I would like to know, 1- should I cut back healthy vegetation before covering, and 2- anything else I need to know for a strangely warm and unpredictable winter season in my zone? Thanks so much for your great site!
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Q: Planting Strawberries on a Hill?
On May 1, 2011, Beth asked:
I’d like to replace a grassy slope (~ 6 ft x 20 ft) into a strawberry patch. Are there special considerations for hillside planting?
Answer to: Planting Strawberry Plants on a Hill?
Yes, there are several important considerations to factor in prior to beginning your project. I’ll discuss the main ones so that you’ll know what you are up against.
Q: When Should Strawberry Plants Be Mulched for Winter?
On November 20, 2015, Danny Abbuscome asked:
I have a few raised beds with strawberry plants planted in them. I got them as potted plants and had a decent crop and got several gallons of strawberries from all my plants combined. I planted them this spring, instead of last fall like you recommended (I hadn’t found this site yet). I followed all the instructions for renovation and mowed them and limited the runners so they didn’t overgrow everything. It may have been mentioned somewhere else, but when exactly do I mulch the plants for winter? I seem to get different information on a quick google of mulching strawberries. Exactly when should strawberry plants be mulched for the winter months? I don’t want to smother them or cause any harm if the plants aren’t ready. I still have some green living-looking leaves on my plants, although most of the big leaves have turned mostly brown and look dead. Can you give me some advice as to how to go about mulching? Any help would be much appreciated!
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Q: How to Go About Overwintering Hydroponic Strawberry Plants?
On October 30, 2015, Bradford Nick asked:
I have my strawberries outdoors in hydroponics. Summer has ended and we’ve had several killing frosts, but the seascape strawberries are still growing and flowering. My plan is to keep the strawberries in their hydroponic net pots, and to overwinter these pots with the roots hanging out, in a box of sand in the garage. I have a lot of runners I never trimmed. My question is, next year, will I get better production from the mother plants, or from the runners? Will unrooted runners survive 5 months in cold sand?
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