Strawberries grow on plants 6 inches to 3 feet tall and approximately 18 inches wide. The plants first produce flowers that are pollinated by insects. Once pollinated, the flower forms fruit that protects and nourishes the plant's seeds.
The average life cycle of a strawberry plant is 3-5 years. Plants are started from seeds or by runners that shoot out from the parent plant. These new plants do not produce berries until the following growing season.
There are many varieties of strawberry plants. The size of the fruit varies according to the variety. Some varieties only produce one crop per season, while some are considered "everbearing." Everbearing strawberries continue to flower and provide fruit throughout the growing season.