Asked on May 10, 2017

My strawberries do not grow larger than a purple grape!

Jes22387171PamelalounsberyWally seeley
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I feel they need to be propped up to grow larger. What is the best way to do this. Also, how do I keep the slugs from eating them before they can get larger. (I live in Honolulu)
7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 10, 2017

    strawberryplants.org/2015/08/what-causes-small-strawberries
  • Kathy Ruth
    on May 10, 2017

    Check the type of strawberry you have, too. Not all types grow to be large.
  • Fay22300230
    on May 11, 2017

    Plant the strawberries in a hanging pot. Water often.
  • Judy
    on May 11, 2017

    mulch....mulch...mulch...strawberries needs loads of moisture...keep it in the soil...straw is the cheapest mulch....as for slugs....cornmeal kills them...put in small jar laying on it's side in garden...slugs crawl in...feed...and it kills them. They love it and so do we.
  • Wally seeley
    on May 11, 2017

    beer also kills slugs, a tin pie plate filled with beer wonders also diatomaceous earth kills them
  • Pamelalounsbery
    on May 11, 2017

    Clip the runners so the main plant can bare more fruit.
  • Jes22387171
    on May 12, 2017

    You need the type of plants that produce large berries (I grow several different types of berries so I'll have them all summer and different sizes and sweetness). Second, appropriate fertilizer (see http://garden.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Fertilizer_for_Strawberries). Third, how much sunlight and water are they getting? If the runners have some roots showing I cut the runner off on both ends. And fourth I planted my strawberries in window boxes which I was able to bring inside to "winter" on my enclosed front porch (I kept them inside until the weather was always above 75 degrees). I have tried the beer in deterring slugs (didn't work) and the cornmeal (also got rid of ants besides the slugs). If you can find some old bundt pans or angel food pans and can get your strawberry plants through the center holes you can put about 1/2" of water in the "tube" portion which keeps all sorts of insects away from the plants (if the plants hang down into the water a little it's ok)--just keep an eye on the water level.

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