Improving your strawberry harvest

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“What’s this strange shoot my strawberry plant is producing?” A couple of people have asked me this lately…….rather than mountains of fruit their strawberry plants are sending out long growth shoots – called RUNNERS.

Like this….

 

 If left on the plant these shoots will develop into strawberry plants (see the photo below) – clones of the mother plant.  When the plant produces runners, it reduces its flower & fruit production. At this time of the year when we want flowers & fruit…….pinch or cut the runners off close to the plant. Do this every 2-3 days as they grow quickly!

The fruiting season of strawberries in southern australia is approx Nov-May depending on the variety. For more information about varieties and tips on growing strawberries check out my previous post HERE and for tips on harvesting strawberries click HERE.

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  1. Simone

    You say the fruiting season in Southern Australia is Nov to May, but I’m in Perth and the shops are full of cheap strawberries now (August) and my plants are furiously cropping. Is it different in the west?

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