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Strawberry plants

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....
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  • AFERRARI
    I have no idea so unfortunately cannot give you any advice on this
    157 days ago
  • TEENYSMOM9
    I tried grownign the strawberries, first time, this year too. About 3 months after I planted the plants, I got 3 red strawberries. Then the next month I got a couple of green strawberries, but they rotted before getting red. And that, is all the strawberries that I got-off of 2 plants. I won't be repeating planting strawberries again next year. For me, they were a waste of time & money.
    158 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    We grow strawberries in the garden. We have never grown them in pots.
    161 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    When in doubt I go to Google. Most time there is good information about anything you need. Wishing you luck with a green thumb.
    161 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Never had luck!
    161 days ago
  • KOALA_BEAR
    I live where they are grown commercially & it is work. I tried blueberries & had results like yours so now go to the farmers' markets or produce store.
    161 days ago
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