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Some of my strawberries already have flowers, although they are small and not long in the ground. Should I remove flowers and let them grow a bit more first?
Must admit, it's mainly a bit of trial and error as I don't know what kind of plants I have as a kindly neighbour at the allotment shared her runners with us. We just planted them and hope for the best. Some are under a cloche, some in the ground and others in a strawberry planter, so we will see what happens!
AllotmentMax. Leave the flowers, they eventually produce the fruit. Unlike some plants, dead heading strawberry plants (ie..picking off the flowers) doesn't necessarily make them produce more flowers. You may end up with a plant of just leaves and runners with no flowers and fruit.
AllotmentMax. I don't know which variety my original strawberry plants were, they too were given and back then, before the age of internet chat, I had no idea what to do with them and so they were planted under a conifer tree. They grew for Britain and I had a bowl full fruit every morning once they came into harvest. I'm confident you'll get a good result trying different methods.
If you plants are healthy- the runners will be healthy- there was a recent post from someone who was still propagating from plants bought 40 years ago
You've got to water your strawberries regardless of whether the straw is there or not. Otherwise your fruit won't swell, so yes, water and continue to water.
Any fruiting plant requires a steady supply of water after pollination. This rule applies to veg as well if you want better, healthier and longer lived crops.