Oh, the first strawberry flowers of the season! I get so excited when I see them because sweet fresh berries are just around the corner.
What can you do to help increase your berry yield? It seems anti-intuitive: Pick off the first flowers and small berries.
See these? They seem so sweet. No, friends: they are the enemy.
If you leave these tiny flowers, your plant will make tiny berries. Pick off the first tiny berries and flowers and your plant will think it's under attack and respond by making even more and bigger berries....which means more strawberry shortcake for you. You're welcome.