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6/29/11 8:22 P
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I have both everbearing and June bearing strawberries. That way I get a bunch of berries in June that I can freeze for use over the winter and still get enough berries through the rest of the season to feed me.

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6/29/11 6:14 P

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This is the third year for my ground cover berries and they are producing like little champs! I get a cereal bowl full every day. And they have spread and multiplied from 6 original plants to a plot of about 20 sq feet. I think these are called ever-bearing (or something like that) and they produce about 6 months of the year here in the northwest.

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6/29/11 5:40 A

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Amen to strawberries being beautiful ground cover, with or without berries. I love the glossy foliage, and I don't have to mow them!
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4/18/11 10:17 A

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More strawberry growing advice here:

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I have a strawberry plan that produces very small berries. Didn't produce anything in year one, but second year had a couple dozen (small), and I'm hoping for more this year! They take a while to establish, so don't worry--you'll get strawberries in the future!

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4/16/11 11:29 A

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thanks for all the great info! i really appreciate it!

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4/15/11 2:41 P
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Anytime you transplant a plant, it needs to establish itself. In order to do this, the less stress put on the plant the better. Producing fruit takes a lot of energy from a plant that can not be put into establishing a good root system so it will take the plant longer to reach the point where you will get maximum production.
With that said, it is always tempting to get a taste of things to come, so it won't hurt to much to let a few berries grow just so you can get a taste. Best practices vs. feeding your gardener's soal.

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4/15/11 2:26 P

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You can always just pinch them off. The first year the berries won't be much good, anyway. We've never pinched ours off, because they just never produced much the first year, and I'm always anxious to get the first taste of strawberries. But it certainly couldn't hurt, and it will more than likely be beneficial to the plants.

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SHARJOPAUL, would this apply to plants of all sizes? I've seen some for sale in big box stores, grocery stores, and produce stands of all sizes. Some even have strawberries already. I'm curious if I were to buy one of those, should I not let it produce berries no matter the size?

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If it is small and funky looking, you probably have a mineral issue. I (and all my friends) save expired vitamins so I can add them to my soil blend.

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4/15/11 11:14 A

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mine are still at the flowering stage. Pretty ground cover.
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Once a strawberry starts turning red it is a big as it will get. Leaving it past the point where it is fully red will only let it get over-ripe. The first year you plant the strawberry plants they need to develop their root system and grow, many places recommend that you do not allow them to produce berries the 1st year so that the plants can put more effort into developing. That way you will get better production in future years.

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Thanks!

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During the first season of strawberries, you will get small berries, and probably not very many of them. The following season they should produce good strawberries. So don't worry about the little one. It will get better. You may get some decent strawberries this season, but if you don't, it's okay.

I remember the first year we got a really good crop -- somebody stole them!! I went out to the strawberry bed with a bowl to pick the strawberries, and every single one of them was gone!! That happened 3 times that year. I was sooo upset!

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So, my strawberry plant produced its first strawberry- which i left on the plant a little too long. It's small and kinda funky looking- like it didn't quite develop fully, and that's partly why i left it on the plant too long- in hopes that it would continue to grow and start to look more normal. So, as I have never grown strawberries before, I am seeking advice. Is this normal? Or is this a symptom of something- lack of fertilizer, etc?

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