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Why won’t my strawberry plant bear fruit?

Question by BunBuns86: Why won’t my strawberry plant bear fruit?
A couple months ago I bought a single strawberry plant and put it in a hanging basket by itself on my porch. I know it’s a little late in the season, but I live in southern california. It seems to be doing fine and has grown quite a bit. It has 4-5 runners shooting down out of the basket. Since I have had it I have never seen a single blossom. It did had one small berry on it when I bought it. Is it done for the year or is something causing it to have a low yield problem?

Best answer:

You may have to wait until next year before it will produce.
Watch for runners growing from the main plants. Runners are long stems that grow from the crown of a strawberry plant. A new baby plant will grow at the tip of each runner. Move the tips back into the row where you want new plants to grow, and the baby plants will root. Don’t trim the runners off, but allow them to root and grow into new plants. If the runners meander into the garden path or grow past their boundaries, just pick them up and swing them back into line where you want them to grow.
The mother strawberry plant, the one that bore spring fruit, has pretty much served its purpose. The ability of the mother plant to have a heavy crop in following years is diminished after only one season. This is why the runners are so important.

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2 Responses to “Why won’t my strawberry plant bear fruit?”

  1. Cookie on March 5th, 2011 1:01 pm

    Always cut the runners, because that energy can be used into making berries. The runners mean its NOT A HAPPY PLANT.

    Also, it’s not supposed to be in a fricken hanging basket. It needs good soil and constant watering. Take it out of the basket, put it into a good old big pot.

    Don’t expect anything this year around.

  2. rmbrruffian on March 5th, 2011 1:27 pm

    Strawberries multiply by runners. Having runners does not mean the plant is unhappy.
    It is too late in the season for strawberries. They only fruit in the spring.
    See link.

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