How to Prune Strawberry Plants


Strawberries can be grown in gardens and inside the house to provide fruit and beautiful white flowers. They are a favorite fruit to grow in a garden and provide delicious flavor and nutrients. Keep some key things in mind when pruning strawberry plants to ensure fruit production and healthy growth.

Step 1

Pinch off new blossoms during the first year of strawberry plant growth. The plants won't provide fruit during the first year, but pinching off the blossoms with your fingers will help encourage new growth the following season.

Step 2

Trim back "runners" with pruning scissors. Runners are small trails and shoots from the main plant and are usually rapid abundant growth spurts. Trim these back to the mother plant, so they don't drain essential nutrients.

Step 3

Cut back strawberry plants at the end of the production season, which is usually towards the end of fall. Cut them about one inch above the soil. This keeps them productive for the next year.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning scissors
  • Gloves, (optional)


  • Pruning Strawberries
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