Secrets to a Successful Strawberry Patch {Part 1}

April 12, 2012 6 Comments | Disclosure

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I spent this week catching up in my garden!  I am so behind on my Spring Cleanup!

The strawberry patches were in need, so they got my attention first!

I clipped off the old runners that I had conveniently neglected last fall so these little plants could have room to grow.  Look how much better they look!  {So Proud}  Keeping the runners clipped helps to increase the berry production and you will get bigger berries!

Clipping off the runners and dead leaves is really pretty simple. Just take a pair of pruners (like the red ones in the picture above) and cut off all the brown foilage close to the base of the plant.  The strawberries send off shoots (or runners) which look like really long stems that connect the original plant to the new plant.  This is the way the strawberries replenish themselves, but if you do not cut them off all the energy will go into the runner and the new plant, instead of producing larger berries and a more plentiful crop.

There were even a few blossoms, hooray!  Maybe that means we will get strawberries soon!  This is the patch of Albion Everbearing Strawberries that we planted last spring .  I am so impressed with how well they are doing!  They produced all summer long and they make my mouth water just thinking about how yummy they are!

Tune in next week when we will be planting a new bed of strawberries and sharing farmer Kurt’s berry planting secrets!  In the meantime here are a few things to consider when planting  berries:

1.  Find a sunny location.  It could be a spot with enough room for  a planter like this:

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You could use them like ground cover in a flower bed!  This method will yield berries but they might not be as big (because it is harder to keep up on the runners).  Strawberries also do well in pots, if you don’t have much room.

2.  Prepare your soil.  Well drained sandy soil, high in organic matter.

3.  Don’t plant where tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplant have been grown recently it will cause your plants to get Verticillium Rot.  Verticillium wilt is a soil-borne fungal disease that results in the yellowing, and eventual browning and death of foliage, particularly in branches closest to the soil.

In case you missed it… Successful Strawberry Patch PART 2

There is still time to get strawberry starts.

Grow the Best Strawberries: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin

Comments

  1. I had no idea about not planting near tomatoes. Interesting.

  2. Carolyn R. says:

    I have read that about clipping off the runners. But I also read that you just let those runners grow too so that you get even more berries. They have their own root system. Good to know about tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, etc. though. I had not heard about that.

  3. Thanks Kearna! This motivated me to go clean out my berry patch, Those berries we got from Farmer Kurt last year are coming back great!

  4. I need to buy some berries!!! I didn’t know what type of sun they needed… so thank you for sharing that info!!!

  5. It should be mentioned that the original plants will someday stop producing (after maybe 4-5 yrs) so you need to let some of the runners grow so you will always have berries. Garden boxes are a good solution; they keep the runners contained but still able to grow, and it is easier to reach the berries without stepping on them. (Some strawberry farms use only last year’s runners for this year’s crop. ). Personally, I don’t discourage runners. :)

    Oh and, don’t buy plants! Find a friend who has a patch already. They will probably have some plants they can share (since they reproduce on their own).

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