Growing Strawberry Plants

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17 Aug 20 Deborah (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My rootstock strawberries have produced flowers. I read I should deflower for the first season to strengthen the root system. Since I live in a sub-tropical climate, when should I stop deflowering?
16 Jan 21 Zyllas (Australia - temperate climate)
Most they will not make them flower and runner for another 6 mos straight since they want the plant to focus on growing not reproducing. They prefer the stem/crown atleast thickness of our pinky or ring finger by then if you let it flower it will give you dozen since plant are mature enough for reproduction. Some people let 1 runner at a time while plants is bearing ofcourse you need to provide fertiliser to support the whole process like NPK 20-20-20 and cacium nitrate
19 Aug 20 Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm sub-tropical (Bundaberg) and strawberries are grown commercially here. They plant new stock each year in first week of April -depends on temperature soil/air. They start picking strawberries in late June. It is probably the height of the picking season now. The deflowering sounds like rubbish to me. Commercial growers only pick one crop and then plough out. Home gardens can pick off the same plants for 2-3 years and then you require new stock again. If you do this then you have to contend with the old plants sending out new runners each year.
22 Aug 20 Deborah (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thankyou
03 Sep 20 Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Talked to a grower last week and they plant mid March (St Paddy's Day) and are starting to pick fruit 8 weeks later.
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