How to Cut Strawberry Flowers

Overview

Removing your strawberry plant's flowers may seem strange at first, but this is actually an essential part of helping your plants produce the berries that you look forward to. During the first growing season, strawberries need help storing the energy required to produce the fruit. If these small, white flowers are allowed to grow after planting, the result is smaller strawberries and a shorter growth period. By cutting your strawberry flowers, you give your plant the best chance at producing a healthy harvest.

Step 1

Plant your strawberry plants in early spring such as March or April. This schedule allows your plant to get situated before the hot weather comes and it begins growing flowers.

Step 2

Use gardening shears to cut off the flower stalks of your June-bearing strawberry plant. Do this during the first growing season as the flowers continue to appear. This practice ensures that the essential feeder roots develop for the next growth cycle.

Step 3

Locate the area between the base of the budding flower and the stem on ever-bearer and day-neutral strawberry plants. This is the location where the flower can safely be separated without doing damage to the plant.

Step 4

Use gardening shears to cut the pinpointed region in Step 3 and remove the bud. Alternately, you can pinch back the young blossom by grasping the bud between your thumb and forefinger and then slightly pinching. Do this for the first six to eight weeks until the end of June.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not remove the flowers from strawberry plants after the first growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening shears

References

  • Ohio State University Extension: Fruit
  • University of Illinois Extension: Growing Strawberries
  • Oregon State University: Growing Strawberries in Your Home Garden

Who Can Help

  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Growing Strawberries
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About this Author

Jenny Glass has been writing professionally since 2001 and is a glass artist with a Web design and technical writing background. In addition to writing for Demand Studios, she has been a contributor to "Glass Line Magazine" and runs her own art glass business.