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Strawberries virtually no fruit

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Bought 4 plants of 2 varieties from rhs wisley. Hardly any fruit, perhaps 10 berries in total! So much foliage and runners. Not over watered. Raised bed so not eaten by pests etc. Any ideas please? Elsana was one and have forgotten the other. Thank you




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I know nothing about fruit growing - hopefully someone else might have something more useful to say, but I'd be calling the Wisley RHS garden centre and complaining to them and asking for advice - they're one of the few garden centres that are pretty good for after care and advice.

22 Sep, 2009

 

Hi Larraine when did you actually plant them? And you state 'not over watered' but did you have that very dry spell at end of June?

22 Sep, 2009

 

i dont grow strawberries white, but i do have the red ones. now they have runners, strawberrys before. maybe you buy too late for frute. shuold be ok next year i think

22 Sep, 2009

 

I agree with the under watering and the timing theories MG, also if you only want the four plants and are not wanting to grow any more then you should nip off the runners as soon as they appear. Then the plant will put all its energy into producing fruit ( to re produce itself via seed as opossed to the runners setting).

22 Sep, 2009

 

Derekf... what white strawberries?

22 Sep, 2009

 

the flowres white. sorry

23 Sep, 2009

 

Al strawberries, so far as I am aware, have white flowers!

23 Sep, 2009

 

Fragaria yes, as in rose family? only white not so. the white is cross- virginiana with chiloensis my feend say in 1700s. hope spel ok. the red is wild, so no hibrid. i sorry but you maek mistake, but is ok. no all expert.

23 Sep, 2009

 

Derekf - I think what you are talking about is this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_×_Potentilla_hybrids
which is not an actual strawberry and does not, as I understand it, produce fruit!

23 Sep, 2009

 

Hi Derekf, I don't want to upset you but actually Moon grower is an expert or at least very knowledgable.

23 Sep, 2009

 

i not like this. i have pink fl stawberry plants that frute. not good,but can eat. my freend say it is Gerald Straley but i not no. the potentilla bakc x is called a stawbery and do fruit. i look at you http and it say fruit, so why you say no friut when you see same page as me

24 Sep, 2009

 

Derekf

If as your friend has told you it is Gerald Straley it does not set seed i.e. it does not fruit. Take a look at:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/123944/

Specifically it states:
'Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed'

This is an ornamental not grown for its fruit

24 Sep, 2009

 

that say to diffrent things so why you say it- my stawberry has red flwoer and fruit-maybe lipstck one. i say befor i not no. my freend say it cuold be franor-he not reely no. but is hard to eat frute that no exist, so we hav stawbery with red fl. and we eat it. my freend say:
Hello all, Derek is correct. He does have Fragaria with red flowers, that does produce small strawberries occasionally. Slightly bitter, and yes, a novelty. As much as the common strawberry is a hybrid, so too is the red flowered version. Both are Fragaria and produce fruit, He also may have two different versions, as I noticed a slight variation in the colour with some of his plants. He asked me to write this today, as he is a little upset by this problem He was only trying to help.

24 Sep, 2009

 

Derek and I, and others, have only been trying to help you. It would seem as if your friend had the answer all along :-)

24 Sep, 2009

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