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Strawberry flowers but no fruit

For the second year running I have had loads of strawberry flowers but the fruits never develop. I cut all the plants back to the ground in autumn, to try to get rid of the issue, but the same thing has happened again this year. Can anyone tell me what the problem is and how to treat it? Thanks 

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  • edited June 2020
    So the patch has been in for several years but I assumed that as it was still producing lots of flowers, it would still produce fruit? Is this not correct? The runners have been left to self-root, which is why I thought it was more likely to be a bug, rather than a new/old plant issue as a certain proportion each year would be new plants. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    Do you feed them, or the soil? Are they being pollinated well?
    All factors in fruit development.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • They should be well pollinated as there are loads of bees around pollinating the other plants in the allotment. Haven't really fed them at all but assumed that if this was an issue there'd be only a few flowers or fruits, not absolutely no fruit development from all well-flowering plants. 
  • Got at least 2 different varieties. One is the white, pineapple strawberry, most are just some generic strawberries, not sure of actual variety.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    They do benefit from feeding. They can produce flowers, but if there aren't enough nutrients for them, it's hard for them to develop decent fruits.
    A general feed in spring is usually enough, although you can also add tomato food or something similar to give them a boost, especially when they're not in the ground. Adding plenty of organic matter in autumn will benefit the soil though.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,572
    Have you watered them?  Strawberry fruit contain a huge amount of water and I guess if the plant is stressed in a dry period, the fruit won't swell.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Yes we gave them loads of water from when the flowers appeared and it's been quite wet here the last couple of weeks 😥
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