I never harvest my strawberries the first year – you have to pick of the flowers before they fruit then the mother plants will send out loads of baby plants ensuring a bumper crop in the following years
I’m not sure how photos work so here’s an upload to my Instagram picture. I managed to separate the old strawberry plant into 8 shoots (and soil) plus I bought 8 from b and q. You can definitely tell the strawberries apart. The older plant is smaller and less prone to being eaten by the slugs.
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I don’t think the older plant is thriving more because it was kept in a small container. As @germanium says it is VERY important not to let your strawberry plants fruit the first year – pick of all new flowers and your crop will be much better in following years (IMO the garden centres should write this on the label!)
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Felt i had a fairly good crop. Got a few lbs off one plant. Just cut runners off after winter and planted them in at mother inlaws. Hopefully these will grow and produce. I know sceptics say they may or may not produce. but from a 1 pound plant i feel that anything more than that is successful. approximately 7 runners and all are growing towards a fullsize. Main thing i found i bonemeal works wonders.