Strawberry flowers

by Pippa Greenwood

Last year I ripped out an old strawberry bed as the plants had gone past their best. As if by magic, I was sent some new strawberry varieties.

Strawberry flowerLast year I ripped out an old strawberry bed as the plants had gone past their best. As if by magic, I was sent several new strawberry varieties to trial. Of course, my son soon had his eye on the plants and suggested he grow them instead of me.

He planted them out in a fresh, well-manured bed and wow, do they look good! The plants have produced lots of healthy foliage and plenty of flowers. But all is not good. A late frost hit some of the pretty blooms right where it hurts. The petals look fine, but several of them have black centres instead of the usual bright yellow. This is known as 'strawberry black-eye'.

There's no point in keeping strawberry blooms once they've been hit by frost. It's better to pinch out the affected flowers so the plant can concentrate its energy on producing new flowers and fruit. Affected blooms are also more prone to attack from grey mould, which can infect the rest of the plant and its neighbours.

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Gardeners' World Web User 07/05/2009 at 19:57

I planted strawberries in a hanging basket, so far so go they have actually got fruits on them, hope they survive. I have others dotted arround but the basket is hanging in a tree, keeping fingers crossed.

Gardeners' World Web User 07/05/2009 at 20:12

Last year I bought 3 garlic heads and 6 strawberry plants from the garden centre. This year I have 30-odd garlic plants and about 15 strawberry plants from plantlets. The strawbs even self-planted between the slabs in my compost area so I could consider them weeds! Nice problem to have though. Can't believe I complained about the price when I bought them ha ha.

Gardeners' World Web User 08/05/2009 at 19:18

i planted earlys mids and late and perpetuating strawberries last year and pulled all the flowers off. This year i have plants 4x the size, they are full of strawberries. early this year when i tidied them up i cut off about 200 new plants fom the 36 i planted, now the neighbours all have strawberries too. I have laid down straw to keep the fruit off the ground and will apply nets as the fruit starts to advertise. looking forward to freshly picked ones.

Gardeners' World Web User 08/05/2009 at 22:33

So jc, the nets are to keep the birds off? I didn't have trouble with this last year (first year of growing) but I DID have trouble with my little dog gnashing a bite out of each fruit on each plant once hubby had shown her how tasty they were!! Might have to dog-proof them this year. :0)

Gardeners' World Web User 10/05/2009 at 10:50

I have some strawberries but are currently not growing at flowers. We planted them last year. Does anyone have a answer to my problem??? Oh and I am 11 years old.

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