Hey KK. Major beat me to it. In limited space gardens it's a waste of space & time if a male is produced via reg. seeds. Give thought to growing straight fems to maximize space & efforts. Plenty of good fems available that will work well in your environment & weather.
Now for the fun stuff. Last year's late flowering and too early harvest did nothing to build skills at determining exactly when the buds are ready. Strawberry Hybrid#1 is on the home stretch. Sorry the photos are a bit out of focus. Best I could do. To me, more trichs are cloudy/white than clear. My analysis is we still have a ways to go, but getting close? Thoughts?
Yeah, Major. I'll work on that. I'm guessing maybe a couple weeks that would put it 7+ weeks. Breeder says 7-8. I'll see if I can get some clearer pics. With a loupe they are looking 70% milky to my untrained eye. Just being patient. Weather looks good for the next week or so. No worries here. Number 2 is a couple weeks behind this one. Out of Africa is being slow. She's in very early flower. Gonna give me a headache, I figure. The weird thing is that she put out preflowers early and then procrastinated.
KK....when sizing up trich coloration, look at developing bud tip trichomes, not the trichomes on leaves. Couple that w/ pistil coloration, & fragrance. All 3 together will help you determine peak ripeness.