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Old 05-12-2018, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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Out strawberry patch is expanding very nice this year but at the moment they aren’t as big as they were lat year at this time. The colors are nice and bright though. Any thoughts?

Sorry took pictures on my IPad which I’m still getting used to but can’t get them to load.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:13 PM
 
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Have you added fertilizer?

There are several garden supply companies that offer strawberry food formulated for strawberries, or fruit food. Gurney's, for example.

Which reminds me to add fertilizer to mine.


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Old 05-13-2018, 06:24 PM
 
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4 years is about as long strawberry plants will bear good fruit. You will want to renew your patch with new plants from the runners.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:59 PM
 
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When the strawberries are smaller they are more flavorful. You might appreciate their smaller size unless you are looking for bulk like for jams, pies, etc.
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Old 05-14-2018, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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Have you added fertilizer?

There are several garden supply companies that offer strawberry food formulated for strawberries, or fruit food. Gurney's, for example.

Which reminds me to add fertilizer to mine.



We’ve added fertilizer.
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4 years is about as long strawberry plants will bear good fruit. You will want to renew your patch with new plants from the runners.
This will be the second year for this-patch.


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When the strawberries are smaller they are more flavorful. You might appreciate their smaller size unless you are looking for bulk like for jams, pies, etc.
I agree but they are so sort they are hard to pick.
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Old 05-14-2018, 05:05 PM
 
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Weather and temperatures. When we had a peach orchard, the size of the fruit varied considerably. A poor fruit set will give typically larger fruit but not always. I attribute this to slight day-night temperatures variances. Our farm was in mid Willamette Valley. An odd observation is that I could gage the quality and size of the our fruit by looking at fruit coming off California 500-800 miles south of us and 8-4 weeks ahead of us in harvest.
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