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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:15 pm    Post subject: Strawberry runners Reply with quote

My strawberries are growing runners already, I thought that they don't grow until the end of the season, should I cut them off so the plants can focus on the fruit or leave them ?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the plant is in it's first year and has not produced many flowers/ fruits I would cut them off. Otherwise I would guide them into pots of damp compost and weigh them down with a stone or pin them down with a piece of wire (or hairclip). Cut them off when they have rooted.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

most of the plants are 2 years old with not many flowers, should I cut them off ?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure. I cut off most of the runners in the first year but the plants were still producing fruit when I did this. Sorry I can't help more.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:03 pm    Post subject: Strawberry Runners Reply with quote

The strawberry will produce fruit and grow runners to make new plants but it will not do both things well. If you want more fruit then cut off the runners and give them a feed of tomato food every 7 to 10 days, once the plant is in flower. This will reduce leaf growth and increase the flower production and so more fruit.
If you want to keep a starwberry plant for producting more plants then remove the flowers heads and then let the runners grow into more compost as Fiachra has suggested. Feed with a liquid feed suach as Maxicrop (Green botttle) but not Tomato food.
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