While out buying plants earlier in the season, I picked up a small strawberry plant on a whim and stuck it in the ground, hoping for a few berries at some point in the summer. I do not have much experience with growing edibles, but I figured strawberries couldn't be that hard!
The kind I got was Sequoia, and while the starter was small, it was very healthy, transplanted well and flourished. I'm just south of Chicago (Growing area 5), and even though we had a very chilly spring, the plant filled out nicely in it's planter, and I just kept waiting for it to bloom and fruit. It never did though.
Recently the weather finally shot up into "Hey it's summer now, enjoy your 95+ temps!" and for the past week the plant has been sending out runners, but still no berries or blooms, so I can only assume that it's not going to produce this season. So, what did I do wrong? The plant was well fertilized and watered weekly during cooler temps, though I've been watering the planter 2-3 times since the heat started in, and drainage was fine as well. It's had plenty of room - I started it on the end of a 1.5x3.5 rectangular box with some small coleus on the other end just to take up the extra space.
So, help? What did I do wrong, and how should I go about fixing it for next season?