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Is is possible to delay a berry harvest?

Posted by camp10 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 9:26

I'm going to be away the last two weeks of June, which could be the time of heaviest strawberry harvest.

Is there any way to influence the production of berries? Maybe pinch off the first blossoms? Or remove the first berries?

Even if I could cause the heavy bearing season to be a week later it would help.

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RE: Is is possible to delay a berry harvest?

Delay? Not thinking so...only thing i could think of was to speed it up with low tunnels, forcing fruit to mature sooner...

RE: Is is possible to delay a berry harvest?

I don't have experience with this but I would think you could pull a lot of the first blossoms to delay things a bit. No? Somebody out there's got the experience to know.

RE: Is is possible to delay a berry harvest?

With June bearing you only get so many flowers, and it's done. So you could pull off flowers, but you may get a smaller harvest. With Everbearing or day neutral, harvest will continue till the end of summer. Since you will not be there, no matter what you have, you should probably pull off. You could also ask your neighbor to harvest berries and keep them for themselves. I had a ball eating my neighbors cherry tomatoes when she asked me to harvest them while she was gone! I also had to water them, and that might be something you need done too?

This post was edited by Drew51 on Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 22:15

RE: Is is possible to delay a berry harvest?

From my experience Strawberry is like tomatoes when they decide to ripen and get red they all do it at once. I urge them please don't all of you get red at once but they never listen. I think the temperature will affect the ripening too.

RE: Is is possible to delay a berry harvest?

Thanks for the replies.

We are having a late spring, so I'm hoping that I will be home for the second half of the harvest.

I'll probably let the neighbors pick until I get back.

RE: Is is possible to delay a berry harvest?

Aint it a bummer, last year during peach harvest time we were unavailable to harvest most of the crop so I instructed a few neighbors how to tell what what was ripe enough to pick and they got a lot of fruit. We got a little fruit. I'm just glad no fruit went to waste, there was a lot of it!

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