Should strawberry blossoms be removed the first year?
The Square Foot Garden book doesn't mention picking the blosoms, but it also says to cut off all the runners.
Another online site said, "Pinch off all flowers during the first year in the garden, on June bearing varieties, and all flowers that form until July 1st on ever-bearing and day neutral varieties. This will encourage both plant vigor and production of runners to fill in the mat."
So should I do as Mel says & just replace the plants after 3 years or should I remove blossoms, plant runners & try to get them to last longer?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.