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This is our first year with strawberries.
Actually, last year was our first year, but we planted 6 Ft. Laramie Everbearing variety in the fall in the spot we have picked out just for our strawberries. The plants died down to nothing and surprisingly have come back this year pretty hardily. I decided to get Ft. Laramies because I heard they are resistant to cold temperatures without the need to mulch much for winter. We then purchased 4 more Ozark Beauty variety plants in spring to fill out our strawberry patch space. I notice the plants getting blossoms and I'm wondering if an insect actually has to pollinate them before a fruit will form. I'm not going to resort to hand-pollinating them like I did with our fruit trees, but I do notice the potential for fruit with the number of flowers I see appearing. I've read you should plant June-bearing strawberries along with your Everbearing varieties to get a maximum yield. I didn't do this as I went with just 2 varieties of Everbearing. Here is the extent of our measley patch so far. 6 Ft. Laramie plants in the center and 4 Ozark Beauties on the left and right.
Our Tiny patch of 10 Strawberry Plants ( photo / image / picture from SevenTooMany's Garden )
A re-spawning Ft. Laramie plant from last year ( photo / image / picture from SevenTooMany's Garden )
Another Ft. Laramie variety ( photo / image / picture from SevenTooMany's Garden )
See the white blooms? ( photo / image / picture from SevenTooMany's Garden )
It will be kind of interesting to see these strawberry plants fill out. I know they get runners, but my girlfriend who has grown starwberries before in Lithuania, says we should probably clip those as they tend to sap strength from the original plant. Well, everything is always an experiment when you're taking about growing something. I'm looking forward to my first homegrown strawberry.
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The very first strawberry tastes like heaven!! Mind you so do all the rest that you grow yourself.LOL I think your patch is looking pretty good and will fill out and produce a good supply of fruit.
Thanks for your words of encouragement, eileen!
good luck on your strawbs...i hope to get a few more going this year. I have had one in a pot for 2-3 years and it survives somehow through all the seasons. I gave it some lovin care this year so i hope to get some good en's from it.
Green_Numb - I was pretty shocked to see our Ft. Laramies coming back this spring after last winter.
yeah i m not sure how long strawberry plants can live but some are quite resilient its seems.