Strawberry plants reproduce by means of runners from the mother plant. Trim off all runners as they develop. The runners weaken the mother plant and reduce fruit size. For spring-planted day-neutral (everbearing) cultivars, remove the first flowers that appear after planting to keep them from setting fruit and weakening the plant. Subsequent flowers can be left on for fruiting.|
Remove and discard discolored leaves and any leaves that show signs of disease. Replace strawberry plants at least every 3 years, and rotate to a new area in the garden. Avoid locations recently planted with tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, squash.