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Strawberry Questions
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Spence    Posted 06-26-2004 at 09:17:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
The plants we put in years ago still do quite well, although the berries are a tad smaller. I figure the soil needs more nitro and I'm not worrying about it too much. They still give a good yield though.

I heard some people say to only harvest 2 crops from each plant (2 seasons), then replant new ones in their place. Why do they do this? Do they slowly revert to the smaller yield of the wilder plant?

I'm not commercial, just a family plot.


Salmoneye    Posted 06-26-2004 at 10:49:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Strawberries act just as you say...They revert to smaller berries, but I have found that they will 'compensate' by setting more fruit...

I have an acre here that my Great Uncle planted Loooonnnnng ago...It actually grew up to ash, alder and elm over a couple of decades...Had it cleared about a decade ago and have kept it brush-hogged short since...This year there are so many berries that we stopped picking...They are about the size of a large marble and are not 'wild'...

I was always told that if you want big berries that you have to replant every few years...

Found This:

"Replant the bed when the number or size of berries begins to decrease, usually after 3 production seasons. Occasionally, well cared-for, small plantings keep producing for 6 to 7 seasons."

Les    Posted 06-26-2004 at 09:35:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nitrogen is for green. Doubt if N alone will help your yield. Your patch will probably continue to diminish unless you set out some new plants. Get your soil tested and give it what it needs for strawberries.

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