Hard Strawberries

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by conscious, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. conscious

    conscious Paul in Indiana

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    I planted about 25 Ozark Beauties 2 years ago and both last year and this year, the berries are hard and tasteless. Anyone have any idea why that might be? Since the "soil" is like beach sand, I brought in a truckload of black dirt and planted them in that. I also put a thick covering of bark mulch on top.

    Any insights are appreciated.
     
  2. Danaus29

    Danaus29 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    How ripe do you let them get? If they aren't bright red they aren't really ripe. They are best and most fragile when they lose the shine and get a little soft.
     

  3. conscious

    conscious Paul in Indiana

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    Yea, I'm picking them when they're ripe. That's not the issue. Even when they're ripe they're hard.

    I've got another patch of junebearers...3 different varieties grown in the same soil although it got some compost. No problem with that patch.

    The Ozarks aren't really running any more. Last year they did but hardly anything this year. Not sure if that's normal or not.
     
  4. Danaus29

    Danaus29 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I don't have a clue then. We never grew Ozark berries.
     
  5. Kids and Worms

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    I wonder if it's just that kind of berry? I've never had Ozark, but this sounds like what we may have growing in our garden right now. they were freebies from a friend of a friend, and they are like red SEEDY ROCKS. blech. worst batch of berries we ever grew, and a total waste of space. Might you be able to locate Ozarks elsewhere that you could make a comparison, say someone else growing that type of berry near you at the moment? it sounds like your soil is fine...