Strawberry Questions & Answers

strawberry questions & answersThe goal here at Strawberry Plants .org is to spread the passion for strawberries far and wide.  The vision is to see the number of home gardeners growing strawberries increase, to see the number of people appreciating strawberry recipes including this remarkable culinary berry increase, and to see the number of folks benefiting from the many healthful qualities of strawberries rise exponentially.

Because of the love for all things strawberry that abounds here, and the dedication to spread the joy, I do my best to answer questions from sincere folks.  Answering questions about strawberries helps strawberry growers grow in confidence.  So, this site is a place where you can come for strawberry-related help.  I do my best to answer all legitimate questions, but sometimes it takes me a while to respond.  So, previous questions that have been asked and answered (as well as future questions and answers) are going to be provided here (and added as they are asked in the future).

So, before submitting a new question, briefly check the previously answered questions to see if your concern has been addressed.  Also, don’t forget that this site has a search function.  Just type a few words related to your question in the box at the top right of this page, and see if you can find the answer to your question that way.

In order to facilitate the archiving of questions, each question is placed in a category.  The first table below contains the categories.  Each link within the category will take you to another table where the individual questions are.  Clicking on each question will take you to a page where that question is asked and the strawberry answers are given.  Without further ado, let the questions begin…

Strawberry Questions & Answers: Categories

Questions About Growing StrawberriesQuestions About the Strawberry Plant
Questions About Buying Strawberry PlantsQuestions About Strawberry Varieties
Other Questions About Strawberry Plants or Strawberries
Questions About Growing Strawberries
Caring for Strawberry Plants in Warm Winters?Do Strawberries Take a Year to Produce Fruit?
Square Foot Gardening Strawberries?Are Container Strawberries Perennial?
Growing Strawberries in Tropical Climates?If You Plant a Strawberry Top, Will It Grow a Strawberry?
If You Plant a Strawberry Top, Will It Grow a Strawberry?How Many Strawberry Plants Per Square Foot?
Are Dried Up Strawberry Plants Dead?Problems Growing Strawberries in Containers?
Will Strawberry Plants Come from a Buried Strawberry?How to Save Strawberry Runners for Next Year?
Overwintering Hydroponic Strawberry Plants?First Year Strawberry Production?
Strawberry Plants Have No Runners?Strawberry Plants Per Person?
Strawberries Per Day?Do Strawberry Plants Need Acidic Soil?
Growing Winter Strawberries?Dividing Strawberry Plants?
What Causes Small Strawberries?Growing Strawberries in Red Clay?
How to Care for Bare-Root Strawberry Plants?Should I Cut Off Runner Plants from My Strawberries?
Growing Strawberries in Cameroon, Africa?
Questions About the Strawberry Plant
What Do Young Strawberry Plants Look Like?Are Container Strawberries Perennial?
How Fast Do Strawberry Plants Grow?Are Dried Up Strawberry Plants Dead?
Red Strawberry Stems and Leaves?How Tall Do Strawberry Plants Grow?
Strawberry Plants Have No Runners?Strawberry Plants Per Person?
How Long Do Strawberry Plants Live?What Causes Strawberry Plants to Wilt?
Why Are the Seeds on My Strawberry Sprouting While Still on the Strawberry?How Old Are My Strawberry Plants?
When Do Strawberry Plants Die?What Type of Plants Are Strawberry Plants?
Questions About Buying Strawberry Plants
Are Bare Root Strawberries or Strawberry Plant Plugs Better?Please, Friend, Don't Buy Strawberry Plants on eBay!
Questions About Strawberry Varieties
German Strawberry Varieties?San Andreas Strawberries?
Other Questions About Strawberry Plants or Strawberries
Strawberry Serving?How to Store Strawberries?
How Fast Do Strawberries Mold?Moving Strawberry Plants?
Do Deer Eat Strawberries?How Many Strawberry Plants to Feed a Family?

133 thoughts on “Strawberry Questions & Answers

    • roseguy,
      Technically, strawberries are achenes with the red accessory tissue hosting the seed-containing fruits over the surface of the accessory tissue. However, most folks consider the seeds to be on the outside. Other atypical fruits include the pineapple and the cashew tree.

  1. I have two long rows in my garden of strawberrys and have gotten a lot of berries from them and they are starting to flower up and go again but the berries I get are quite soft compared to the ones I have boughten and then they seam to be mushie. What am I doing wrong ?

    • Bill,
      The berries you buy in the store are often bred specifically for firmness to allow them to be shipped without extensive damage. More than likely, you simply have a different variety that isn’t as firm. You also might be picking them a little bit later than optimal. Try picking them a day or two earlier when this next round of berries matures. Good luck!

  2. I have a dozen Eversweet plants in planter boxes on a deck. I live in an area with hot days and cool nights. At first, my plants were turning out tasty, juicy, sweet berries, but the berries have become much less sweet, almost dry, and with a whole lot of coarse seeds. I see no signs of disease; the leaves are green. I left the plants in the care of my husband for two weeks, and he said he watered them, but I’m not sure if it was enough. Do you think it’s a lack of water, or could it be that the deck gets too hot? Something else?

    I live in northern California, in a Zone 8B. I will try watering twice a day. I have to grow on a deck because we have tons of fence-jumping deer in the area.

    This is the first year for my plants, and it seems that I should have pinched off the blossoms, but I didn’t know that when I planted them, and I was thrilled when my plants produced berries. The delight on the face of my two-year-old grandson at seeing the growing strawberries was wonderful and irreplaceable, so it wasn’t the worst mistake in the world.

    Any suggestions for water (should I water twice a day?), or fertilizer, or anything else would be appreciated. They are growing in a commercial, peat-based, organic planting mix that was fresh from the bag. I used some organic fertilizer when I first planted them two months ago, and I haven’t used any pesticides.

    • Bonnie Riley,
      Eversweet is supposed to be an everbearing variety, but some people say that the strawberries don’t produce like they should. If you have very hot temperatures, it is likely that your deck boxes may be drying out too quickly. you may want to add a layer of peat to the top of the planter to help identify when to water, and to help retain the water beneath where the strawberry roots can absorb it. Typically, hot-climate deck planters do a bit less spectacularly for providing a suitable strawberry plant home. Good luck, though!

  3. My strawberry bed has 5 new plants this spring. They somewhat resemble my other plants. They are lighter in color and grow outward with acenter stem that grows upward. My wife says they are not strawberry plants but I think they are. My bed is always covered with netting and nothing else has been planted or is growing in it. What do you think? Is there anoter type of plant that mimics a strawberry plant?

    • Charlie,
      New strawberry plants will ofter be a lighter shade of green than more mature plants. I’m not sure about a center stem, however. Even with netting, airborne seeds or seed-laden bird poo from above can make their way into your strawberry patch. These mimic strawberry plants, but aren’t. If the leaf shape is the same, they may be new strawberries. If the shape isn’t, they may be weeds. If you’d like an extra 5 plants, just give them a few days or weeks. It should be evident shortly whether they are strawberries or weeds. Good luck!

  4. For 25 years I have been trying to figure out the name of a certain variety of strawberry. I bought a basket of them at a flea market in the San Joaquin valley in Calif (a heavy Hispanic presence). They were very dark red, all through, very firm, and very flat and large, some almost like ribbons. They were sweet and flavorful. Any suggestions?

    • Carolyn,
      It is impossible to determine which variety that would have been with certainty. My best suggestion is to go to the Buy Strawberry Plants directory and look through the pictures of each of the offered varieties until you find the one that most closely resembles yours. I know that could be time intensive, but that is the best idea I have! Good luck!

    • Apple Au Yeung,
      I am not very familiar with the climate in Hong Kong. However, most strawberries will do adequately as potted plants as long as they have sufficient soil, nutrients, water, and light. So, pick one that is available in your area and see what happens! See here for help growing. Good luck!

  5. Mu strawberry plant is producing flowers but the conversion speed of flowers into fruits is very very slow
    So please suggest me some solutions

    • Parminder singh,
      It will often take strawberries longer to mature if they do not get full sun. Try moving or carefully transplanting your strawberries after the growing season to a location that gets good sun from dawn until dusk. Good luck!

  6. The strawberries on my plant are big when they are green but shrivel up when they turn red. Why does this keep happening and how do I stop it.

  7. My plant’s leaves are turning brown, why?? I put it in indirect sun and don’t over water it. What am I doing wrong?

  8. I got a good crop of strawberries at the beginning of the season now I have plants which look healthy but no blossoms or they blossoms die before forming strawberries what is the problem and how do I rectify it?

    • Susan bunn,
      More than likely, you purchased a June-bearing variety (what most retailers/nurseries offer). If so, nothing is wrong! June-bearing strawberries produce one large crop toward the beginning of the season (usually) and then don’t produce the rest of the year, except for a few random berries. If you want strawberries all summer long, you should buy a day-neutral or everbearing variety. Learn more on the Strawberry Varieties page, and good luck!

  9. I thought I’d have a go at growing runner beans this year I’ve never grown anything before) and the Wife wanted to have a go at strawberries. A lot of people I know grow their own beans, so I’m not short of advice on that front, but when the subject of strawberries arises I see a lot of blank faces. Anyway what I need to know is what do I do when the plants flower. I read the item posted about what to do if the plants were bought on line, but mine came from a garden center who specialise in strawberries.

    • Steve Martin,
      If the flowers were planted last fall, you don’t need to do anything. Just let them grow and enjoy your strawberries! If they were planted this spring, it is best to pinch or snip off the flowers this first year to help increase production for subsequent years. I’d recommend reviewing this reference page for more help: Growing Strawberries. Good luck!

    • nona,
      Yes, if they haven’t been removed, they should be. Accumulation of dead leaves and other vegetative detritus can provide fungal pathogens a place to flourish. Good luck!

  10. Hi my fellow Jamaican farmers
    I would love to plant some strawberries in my backyard garden but i cannot seem to get any suckers/young plants to buy.
    Anyone of you here have any on sale?

  11. Hello,

    I have finally gotten up the courage to start my own balcony garden this year, and everything appeared to be going well for all my plants. The tomatoes are producing well, the peppers are growing quickly, herbs are strong, etc. However, my strawberries are giving me trouble. I haven’t noticed any visible issues with the plant’s health ever since bringing it home from Home Depot, but the berries themselves are a different story. They look fine, but when I harvested them (they were a beautiful almost blood red without any lighter spots on them) the problem became apparent. The fruit looks wonderful, but there is literally no sweetness to any of them. Do you have any idea what could be causing this issue?

  12. Hi,
    Over the past couple years, I have started gardening, and this year I thought I would try some strawberries! I live in West Virginia, and I bought local strawberry plants that are june-bearing. My husband bought me the Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter, which grows them upside down. I have been reading some on this site, and my question is… If I plant them in the Topsy Turvy, and keep them outside in the sun all spring and summer, could I store the plant in our garage for the winter? That way it would keep the plant out of the snow and frost, but would still get the cold temperature in the winter? I’m not exactly sure if that would work, so I was hoping that someone might be able to help me. Also, since my plants are June-bearing, what else do I need to do to the plants, lets say july-sept? Just water them like normal plants? and how much would I need to water them in the winter? Thanks for your help, I’m excited to start growing some STRAWBERRIES!

  13. Further up date on strawberries in Jamaica .

    I have strawberries flowering and fruiting in Long Mtn St Andrew and it is below 2000.

  14. Just an update on Growing Strawberries in tropical islands like Jamaica. Yes, it can be done at altitudes above 2,000.

  15. we live in upstate NY and it is getting ready to frost, how do I prepare my strawberry plant for winter ? I started it last May and it is thriving, very healthy looking. Do I put something over the plant to help it survive winter out doors or should I dig it up from outside and bring it in doors or do I leave it outside uncovered ?
    Thank you
    Lisa

  16. where is the pictures of showing how to use matt or hill system by yearly rotations? I couldn’t find them! What happened to them?

  17. I have raised beds with bottoms on them and hole for drainage.Is this ok? Can I put black plastic over the dirt and just dig a hole for the berries?

    • sandra,
      The raised beds will work just fine as long as you have appropriate soil and the drainage holes function well enough to keep the soil from remaining soggy or water-logged. You can put black plastic over the dirt and plant the strawberries in holes you poke (this is called Plasticulture when done commercially). If you elect that method, be sure to install a drip tape or other irrigation under the plastic. Otherwise, the plants will dry out and die out. Good luck!

  18. I am interested in growing strawberries in a greenhouse striving for sales during the field strawberry off-season. Can you provide information on light requirements and what size pot would be needed to grow healthy productive plants? I am looking at planting Chandlers. Suggestions on which type would be most productive in a greenhouse setting?

    • iris,
      Most strawberries respond to the quantity of light they receive. If you are going to be growing strawberries in the off season, I would steer clear of Chandlers, unless you live in the south. You may want to consider a hydroponic system with Tribute or Tristar day-neutral plants. Good luck!

  19. I live in zone 7b. Last year I finally got some Mignonette berries – and they were amazing! This year, I was debating about planting more strawberries – Italian Alpine from seed, and Quinault from the story. What stops me, however, is that I am concerned that if I have more than one type in my garden, they will hybridize with each other and sort of pollute the coolness of the original. What’s the score there? Just stick to the one?

    I was considering transplanting the strawberries into a large pot, since they don’t really runner that much and I want to make sure that they get the best soil possible (red clay is not heaven for anything. I often put a basil plant with my tomatoes – could I put a borage in a pot of strawberries or would they be too competitive?

    • Mary,
      I’m not aware of any in-country suppliers of pineberries in Northern Ireland. However, you may be able to get some shipped to you from the European providers linked on the Pineberry Pineberries page. Good luck!

  20. I live in NH (zone 5). I have 2x 5foot window boxes(actually deck railing)with first year ‘Seascape Plants. How should they be prepared to overwinter ? They are planted in MiracleGro moisture Cntrl Mix

    Thank you
    billt

    • Bill,
      One of the easiest ways to overwinter your plants is to simply remove the window boxes and put them in your garage. Usually, the temperatures in the garage won’t drop so low that the plants move from dormancy into death, especially if they are placed next to the internal wall. If you do that, though, make sure that you do not allow the soil to dry out completely as that will be a sure-fire killer.

    • Robert,
      Unfortunately, none of them. For the temperate strawberry plants to produce in tropical climates, you will need to invest a great deal into creating artificially cool and climate-controlled environment in which they can thrive. Generally, the ROI does not support the infrastructure or operating costs. But, if you figure out how to do it economically, let me know!

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