Seed Swaps

Raspberries breaking dormancy, Strawberries flowering, and Lots of sprouting going on

26 Jan 2012
Storms 24°C / 76°F

All of the seeds that I sowed last Monday have started sprouting, with the exceptions of ‘Nelson’ carrots and ‘Large Leaf’ Cilantro.

I can’t believe that my strawberries are flowering in January!! It’s been a really odd winter.




Odd and wonderful. Here’s hoping your Summer is oddly cool, ours certainly has been. I can’t wait to see the Heritage raspberry fruiting. It is on my wish list.

Posted on 27 Jan 12 (over 7 years ago)

That is odd to see strawberries flowering in January, even if you are pretty far south. This week I saw two robins, which I found very odd as I typically don’t see them until early March.

Posted on 28 Jan 12 (over 7 years ago)

Strawberry U-Pick around here usually starts in April, so flowering strawberries in January is bizarre even in South Carolina! Robins over a month early – so the unseasonably warm winter weather extends all the way up to Canada, too? Yikes.

Posted on 28 Jan 12 (over 7 years ago)


Folia Helper

United Kingdom8b

my strawbs have been flowering all winter, but with no fruit produced. have you been lucky enough to pick edible things from your plants?

Posted on 29 Jan 12 (over 7 years ago)

I picked a few incredibly delicious strawberries from the plants in May (I planted bareroot plants in March), but haven’t harvested any since then. I think that they don’t get quite enough sun in their current spot. I’m not sure whether the appropriate pollinators are out yet, so it will be interesting to see whether the current blooms produce any fruit.
Have you tried the paintbrush method of pollen transfer? Lack of pollinators might be the reason that you haven’t gotten any fruit this winter.

Posted on 29 Jan 12 (over 7 years ago)

We are having highly variable weather: 20 one day and 4 degrees a few days later. We always get some temperature swings, but January is generally fairly consistently cold. This is more like the kind of weather I’d expect mid to late February. Fortunately there is still quite a bit of snow covering the gardens.

Posted on 30 Jan 12 (over 7 years ago)

In that case, it sounds like the snow is probably playing an important role in insulating your plants from the cold AND from the unseasonable warmth!

Posted on 30 Jan 12 (over 7 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States7

redloon, I take that as a sign that winter is going to end early this year! How nice that would be. Now I have to get a farmers almanac to see if our frost date is moved back, possibly to late April, lol. Thanks for sharing. You give us hope. :)

Posted on 01 Feb 12 (over 7 years ago)

@TropicanaRoses: I never trust the signs of an early spring, because I’ve gotten in trouble that way in the past! But it never hurts to put a few exploratory seeds/seedlings out early, just in case. :)

Posted on 02 Feb 12 (over 7 years ago)

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