Can you recommend a publication or web site on growing strawberries? Are the runners always supposed to be removed? How many seasons should a strawberry plant bear fruit? Thank you
Carver County Minnesota
There are three types of strawberries available to the home gardener. June-bearing strawberries produce a large, concentrated crop in mid-June to early July. June-bearers produce flowers, fruits and runners. Everbearing strawberries produce three periods of flowers and fruit during the spring, summer and fall. Everbearers do not produce many runners. Day neutral strawberries will produce fruit throughout the growing season. These strawberries produce just a few runners. Strawberry plants should be planted in spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Flower blossoms should be removed during the first season. This practice sacrifices the first year's crop, but it enables growers to establish a bed of vigorous plants. During mid- to late summer, the original plants will begin to produce runners and daughter plants that should be moved into the rows. Replace the June-bearer plants every three to five years to maintain high quality fruit and yields, and to reduce problems with weeds, insects, and diseases.