Top Questions About Strawberry Plants

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Questions About Strawberry Plants

Asked by
kibreab on
December 7, 2010

Q. How to Grow Strawberry

Can you give me some tips to help me grow strawberries?

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Asked by
Kate on
January 20, 2011

Q. strawberries

Why are the leaves turn brown and dry?

Answered by
Heather on
January 20, 2011
Certified Expert
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This can be either underwatering or a fungus.

If the plants are growing in the ground, they need at least 2 inches of water a week. If they are in a container, they need to be watered when the soil is dry to the touch on the top. If the weather is warm where you live, this can mean daily or even twice daily.

If you feel the plants are being watered properly, it may be a fungus. Treat the plants with a fungicide.

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Anonymous on
March 18, 2011

Q. Strawberry

We tried to plant strawberries again last year, but they never came to life after the winter, so last fall we covered the new plants we planted in the spring with leaves. Is this a good idea? And if so, when is the best time to remove leaves to prevent sufficating plants?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 18, 2011
Certified Expert
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Covering plants with leaves is a great way to mulch them for the winter and keep them safe from fluctuating temps that can kill them. You can take the leaves off after the weather starts to get relatively warm, 40 degrees F or higher (more often than not). After you remove the leaves, don't worry about occasional cold snaps or snow that may happen. A few of these will not harm the plants.

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Anonymous on
March 25, 2011

Q. Growing Vegetables and Strawberrries

Is it okay to plant tomatoes, jalapenos, and strawberries in the same planting bed? I’m making a raised bed garden on top of the ground.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 26, 2011
Certified Expert
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As long as the bed does not have a history of plant disease, planting them together is fine.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 26, 2011

Q. Strawberries, Tomatoes, Lettuce

I’m starting a new garden from scratch. I’ve composted, put fertilizer (10-10-10) in topsoil, as well as Miracle Grow garden mix. I think we’re ready now. When can I plant my strawberries? They are getting strawberries already. I also want to know when to plant the tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, corn, etc. ? I am affraid of the possible frost. I don’t want to mess up, as I put so much money in already.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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The strawberries are ok to plant out now. Lettuce should be ok in a week or two, as long as you are not expecting cold. I would wait until the end of April or even a week into May for cucumbers and corn and 2 or 3 weeks into May for Tomatoes and Peppers. Tomatoes and peppers do better if planted outside when the soil has warmed some. They grow faster that way.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 27, 2011

Q. Strawberries Not Blossoming

I have successfully grown strawberries for years, but not in recent years. About six years ago when production had slowed down with my plants, I replaced them with new – 1/2 June and 1/2 Everbearing. These plants did not blossom-ever.  Two years ago I built a raised bed over the site, brought in new dirt (which grew other veggies very well) and put in new strawberries, also 1/2 and 1/2. I picked off most of the blossoms (there weren’t many) the first year, but last summer (2nd year) I still only had a few blossoms and berries. This is the same sunny site that produced bumper crops for years. What could be wrong? Should I start over with new plants again this year? I have not done much with fertilizer, fearing it would just produce more leaves (which look great! – the plants appear healthy and vigorous). I miss my berries! Any suggestions?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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The plants depleted the phosphorus in the soil. This helps with flowering and fruiting. Bone meal is a good organic ammendment to fix this. You can also use a high phosphorus fertilizer (typically sold as a "bloom booster" fertilizer).

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Asked by
MalleiCheng on
April 23, 2011

Q. What Do I Do With the Burnt Leaves on My Strawberry Plant?

Hi,
I’m a newbie when it comes to nursing plants, but I decided that I wanted to try and grow some strawberries just for fun and experience. I live in Las Vegas and it gets pretty dry and hot here, so I leave my plant in mostly shade and part time sun; however, my plant still got slightly sun damaged! Furthermore, I asked my younger brother to water my plant for me and he soaked up the soil with too much water! I’m afraid it won’t survive, or will it? If so, please tell me how I can recover my harmed plant.
~Thanks, Mallei

Answered by
Heather on
April 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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If this is a newly planted strawberry, I would not worry too much about the sun damage. They will toughen up pretty quickly. You can trim out any brown leaves as these are dead and will not recover.

As for the too much water, where you live, I doubt it will cause any issues. As long as they are not left in standing water for more than a few hours. Actually, if you are keeping them in pots, you may want to be watering 2X a day, especially on days where the temps are over 80F.

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