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    Default Yield of Strawberry Plants?

    Hi,

    How many strawberries would you expect to get from each little strawberry plant in the first year? Or do they even fruit at all in the first year?

    Margaret

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    I never got any runners off of mine in the first year but I did get fruit.

    2nd year I got about twenty runners off of it and no fruit.

    This year I have potted up all my new strawberry runners and their doing fab. I only want fruit this year so i'll snip any runners off.

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    Whatever you do - don't be nice to them.

    Last year I over fed mine and they were all leaf and no strawberry!

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    ha ha, i will be a cruel mistress to them rogesse.

    victoria, how many plants did you have and did you think they were enough? I have 6 at the moment and am thinking of getting 6 more as there is lots of space left in their bed and i would like a nice big strawberry patch.

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    I had 3 - I bought them from B&Q one year while they were on offer. Not a lot of fruit but in any case it never made it into the house as they were always eaten straightaway!

    I have kept 12 of the new runners and still have my original 3 which should be enough for me n hubby I'm sure. (After this year my original 3 will stop being so productive as they'll be over 3 years old)

    If you want runners then the plant will put all of its enery into producing these so its unlikely you'll get any fruit. If you just want fruit make sure you snip the runners off as soon as you can. Good luck.

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    BTW I fed mine once a week last year while they had runners. This year i'll do it once a fortnight.

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    Some gardening sages suggest that you should remove flowers in the first year of new plants in order to build up the strength of each plant and to improve the yield in future years.

    I have followed this advice and my 30 or so established plants yield 15-20 kilos of fruit; that's quite a lot of strawberries so my friends do well on the strawberry jam front.

    With a dozen plants you could de-flower (if you get my meaning) half and let the others fruit.

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    I planted out about 40 across two small beds last year. Some were new plants, others that had been "rescued" from a container. The rescued plants produced very few, fairly sharp fruit, where the newer plants produced a decent amount of tasty fruit. In total both beds gave me about 3 kgs of fruit. I just left them to it and both types of plants produced HUGE amounts of runners. I chopped of most of them after they had finished fruiting, and after cleaning out just one bed removed about another 30-40 runners.

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