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How do you get your strawberry plants to produce better?
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Mama Bear    Posted 05-08-2002 at 11:11:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I planted strawberry plants that produce all summer long. Put them in barrels last year using potting soil and watering them with miracle grow.
They produced very poorly . Only have 2 plants per barrel. The fruit that did produce were good eating but the birds got their share too, sometimes b4 I did! I live in the Pacific NorthWet where sunshine is scarce. The slugs are terrible too.

Any strawberry experts out there that could give me a hand in hopefully having a few more of those red beauties produce better? What kinda soil is best and do I need more starter plants,etc.?


Ludwig    Posted 05-09-2002 at 07:15:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Mama, I just read your post again.
Did you say the berries were low producing
the FIRST year? Heck we never take any
berries the first year, cut the buds off too to
help strengthen the plant. If we didn't they'd
never make the winter.
I'm also of the mind that potting soil tends to
be pretty poor stuff. I've been to places where
they make some and its often just composted
sawdust and styrofoam.
I do know that strawberries don't like the clay
soil we've got in southern Maine. Never had
any luck around my parent's house. They do
seem to like the shale/slate kind of rocky soil
in Northern Maine. My grandmother could
grow strawberries real good, and my great
grandmother had plants that she never even
tended, just picked off of. That was some of
the sweetest fruit you ever tasted...

DeadCarp    Posted 05-08-2002 at 14:10:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Up here in the cold strawberries are lazy and sorta hard to start, so most people greenhouse them til it gets reliably over 60. (They really like 80) Try a ring of copper foil to deter snails & slugs.

LinsMom    Posted 05-08-2002 at 12:40:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am far from an expert lol and really have
always had a brown thumb that I am hoping
will change this year but I also use spray
and grow along with the Miracle Gro (but
not at the same time...a week apart) and it
must work for me because its been only about
2 weeks since I first planted my Strawberry
plants and they already have blooms on some
of them. I also have them hung up on my
fence posts in planting bags with slits to
keep them off the ground. Spray and grow is
a micronutrient complex that acts as a
biocatalyst whatever that is lol
Under the guaranteed analysis it says it
has iron and zinc.

Mama Bear    Posted 05-08-2002 at 13:16:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would I need more plants than 2 to have enough berries?

Hogman    Posted 05-08-2002 at 15:09:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I havenot raised berrys in a lot of Years but You seem to have "everbearing" plants. I always figured 25 as a minimum for People who wanted a start. I had several hundred plants to the point I was happy to have folks come thin em. They like an acid soil,best bet there is take a soil sample to Your Extension office and let Them tell You what You need. Being on the wet coast You may have good acid content (low PH). On South You'd be fightin alkali. I used spent acid to lower the PH for Mine in So Cal, but this is a caution area. Good luck'n good eatin

Mama Bear    Posted 05-08-2002 at 17:04:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank ya much for the info. I'll go and buy more plants. Yes , they are "everbearing" strawberry plants. I forgot the name. My memory is not too good these days!!!

Thanks Again

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