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Is it too late to plants strawberries?


 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:07 am    Post subject: Is it too late to plants strawberries? Reply with quote

Hi, I have well established strawberry runners in 2 lt pots and I'm wondering is it too late to put these in the ground?
I also just bought strawberry rhizomes. Any advice on the best thing to do with these? Is it too late to put them in the ground or should I pot them up and over-winter them in my polytunnel.
Appreciate any advice, thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:40 pm    Post subject: Is it too late to plants strawberries? Reply with quote

my advice ref the plants in pots is just bury them pot and all and let them get on with it. Strawberries are very robust. No experience of propagating strawberry rhisomes, but since it is just a bit of root, I'd go with what you yourself suggest. For practice at using pictures in my replies I provide evidence of my huge strawberry patch. 2 x 2010 plants at the back and 3x2011 babies for further attention later. The last montbresia of Summer is flowering alone cause the [piccie is dated 16Sept2011. That montbresia BTW was brung home from Madeira in 2009 (as a corm) Over there they flower in February.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot! I'll do that. Might experiment and keep a couple of runners in the tunnel and see if they crop early next year. Mind if I ask what the thinking is behind planting the pots in soil? Is it for extra protection? Cheers
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:08 pm    Post subject: strawberry fields for ever Reply with quote

the reason for burying pots is moisture retention. Pots and raised beds share the same engineering characteristics! But if you have a very well organised watering plan then follow your instincts. About the same number of plants die of drowning as die of drought. Tell me about drought. We've had 2mm of rain in the garden in 28days. Tap water is not a good way to water plants if it's chemistry has been altered (think flourine esp.)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got it, thanks for the explanation. Often saw photos of tomato plants buried in pots and wondered why. Now I know. We've had unbelievable rain here over the last week. Expecting a hose pipe ban all the same, you what it's like
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would recommend not burying in pots. You'll get three to four years out of each plant but the presence of the pots will restrict access to water, nutrients, air, etc.
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