Of the three original plants, two are still alive. The one plant I had in the yogart container, I had taken out to put in the new born that I highlighted in the last post. However, it since has died. I have had an ongoing problem with spidermites and it did not make it. That time, I had gotten real busy at work and neglected the plants for a number of weeks and I was not able to save it.
For the spidermites, I take the plants out of the WF and rinse them off under running water to knock as many of as possible. After that, I spray them with a soap and neem oil mixture. I repeat this procedure every few days til I see no more signs of them.
The berries have not fruited in many months now and finally have done so ago these last few months. Here are some pictures to highlight various stages of ripening. In the picture below is a poorly polinated berry. Without polination the berries either do not develope at all or are very deformed like this one below. I did not see them start flowering so this is what happens. The rest of the berries in the picture I polinated by hand and you will see that they look normal.
Here you will see the newly opened flower. To the right of it, is a newly polinated flower. Within a day of a good polination all the white petals fall off. The picture also shows a good progression from the small berry to the larger berry.
The first few berries of the plant are larger with the ones following being progressively smaller.
For the cat lovers out there…. Here are two of our four cats sunning themselves in the window with the plants. In general, they don’t bother the plants at all. The jalepeno that has some branches that hang down, they will nip at some times, but nothing serious.
So as they say, here are the fruits of my labor. The above pictures produced this bowl of berries and a couple of larger ones that had ripened earlier and that I ate. So overall, it was about a dozen berries of various sizes.
P.S. As the berries were ripening, I had another ourbreak of spidermites and have been fending them off again. It had been about 3 months since the last sign of them.
5/26/2012 As an example of strawberries producing multiple harvests a year, here are a couple more berries a little over a month later on the same little crown.