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  • #12167

    Marty Boy
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    is anyone else experiencing a poor strawberry crop this year? Mine are in pots (keeping up with the watering) on my patio.

    #20833

    Jemspuddle
    Participant

    It’s the first year for my strawberries but finding 50% seems to be eaten too soon. I need to invest in some mesh next year.

    My wild plants were kept in a hanging pot for 4 years and have flourished in the long planter. They’ve been happily sending shoot out too which is exciting.

    Could it be due to a small container?

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  Jemspuddle.
    #21596

    Germanium
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    Hmm interesting idea about the small container.

    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

    #21764

    Marty Boy
    Participant

    Hi @jemspuddle
    Do you have any pictures of your wild strawberry container?
    MB

    #21768

    Jemspuddle
    Participant

    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.

    #21769

    Jemspuddle
    Participant

    Oh the older plant is a darker green and planted at the back of the beds.

    #21770

    Jack
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    Hello @jemspuddle

    Welcome to our gardening website – hope you enjoy it and thanks for your contributions.

    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!)

    We are looking at the picture issue – did you simply post a link to your instagram?

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    #21775

    Jemspuddle
    Participant

    I meant, now it’s not in a small hanging pot. Sorry for the mix up.

    The Instagram link seemed to work but not sure whether there is an option to upload direct to page.

    #21921

    Marty Boy
    Participant

    thanks for the picture and clarification!

    #21983

    poppybea
    Participant

    Me too, in pots on patio, they’ve sprouted loads more than any other year but no flowers or fruit! 🙁🍓

    #22071

    Marty Boy
    Participant

    @poppybea
    Anybody else know why strawberry plants aren’t flowering/fruiting?

    #22362

    allotment57
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    We Had a bad crop last year, we added some lime and this year they did great. We had mega runners.
    Hope this helps, Brian

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