Sunday, August 18, 2019
I tried to grow strawberry plants on my balcony this year, first time ever in my life.
I have to admit I know little about growing strawberries - I used to have a vegetable garden but that was vegetables, not strawberries.
So as the summer wears on, and I got a a few berries this year -- the teeny tiny little berries from all three plants of one strain, that did does not even fill a tablespoon - and seem to have stopped flowering so I don't expect any more off them. The other 3 plants have produced about 7 berries so far, with about 5 more forming but nowhere near ready to pick.... These ones are a bit larger but only a bit - but they did't ripen close enough together to make an actual dessert. I get one berry maybe a week!
So I am wondering if it is worth the expense of buying the plants, the potting soil, the pots, etc. I could perhaps buy a few more plants next year, and maybe bring the # up to 12 but don't have room on the balcony for any more than that.
I don't know if there is something I should be doing to help them be more fruitful -- should I be pruning off the old stems from the berries already ripened? Or leave them be? Maybe they simply don't get enough sunlight as they only get the early morning sun. (My apt faces north-east-ish.) Maybe I should be giving them some kind of food?
And with the colder weather of the upcoming winter, I wonder how I should overwinter them so they survive the cold weather.
I just don't know....