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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:42 pm    Post subject: Bringing strawberries inside Reply with quote

I've just brought a few strawberry plants into the tunnel to force an early crop. These are potted runners (Honeoye) from last summer in 2 lt pots.
Would I better to leave them in the pots or put them in the border soil?
If I keep them in pots shoud I repot them in fresh compost? If they go in the border, should I leave them there for a couple of years or will it be too hot/damp?

I also have a few everbearers that I raised from seed last year. I didn't let them flower. They are still in pots. I would like squeeze as long a season and as much fruit as possible out of them. Any advice on how you would do it if you had a tunnel?

Appreciate any help
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

leave the strawberries in the pots and put them in the tunnel now. After fruiting put them outside but put them into bigger pots or take runners from them and plant t5hem in bigger pots (3litres). The big advantage of having them in pots is that they can be moved easily. The disadvantage of pots is that they must be watered. The everbearing types are also better off in pots for growing outside in Summer.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perfect, just what I was looking for. Thanks a lot Michael
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