I had some strawberries in a garden at growing in a garden at a house I was
renting out. One of my tenants had planted them. The were large delicious
and spreading themselves quickly. I transplanted several of the to my new
house. The first year they did not do much, which I kind of suspected would
This year they took off. First the plants grew tall and had a flower. I
saw bees around them and figured they were being pollinated. They stared
sending out spreaders which was great. However all the berries are the
small tasteless things what we used to call wild strawberries.
What happened to my berries? Can I do anything to save them? If I have to
replant new strawberries how do I keep this from happing again?
Strawberry cultivation is a whole art. There are lots of tricks. An
old guy(!) told me things such as you have cull out 1/3 of the plants
every year and use the strongest runners to generate the replacements.
When and how you fertilized has a lot to do with the taste. And you
can't let weeds take over the walk ways or they will compete for the food.
When I was growing up we always prized "wild strawberries" for their
intense flavor in spite of their small size.
I believe you'll be able to find some good advice through Google or your
local library. Try to filter the opinion from the fact. Good luck!
Okay, maybe they aren't what you call wild strawberries. We called them that
when we were kids. These things taste flat, and don't really look like a
regular strawberry. They are red and small about the size of the tip of the
little finger. They have what appears to be seeds on the outside of the
berry kinda like stubble that easily brush off the berry. There are a few
of them growing below the trees in the neighbors yard about 50 or more feet
away. The transplanted berries were regular strawberries not at all like
these. However now the berries have changed since the were moved. they are
completely different although the plant is the same one that produced the
good berries. what happened? If I plant new ones, will it happened again.
I tried google but could not find any reference to this problem.
I really don't see how . I am only talking about 6 plants. There were no
strawberries of any type before I planted these. The ground was tilled
before planting and the ground was mounded where they were planted. There
weren't any barren berries in the old patch then or now. I could see one
maybe two mistakes, but all six? I guess I have no choice but to start over
with new plants. Just seems weird to me.
Cut the runners and eliminate any plants that are crowding.
We had Tennessee Beauties and had tons of berries every year until I
entered the Service. Dad tilled them under.
The berries we buy today are pale in taste and sometimes down right hard.
The growers are only interested in their shipability or whatever and
everyone grows the same tasteless berries.
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