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Do strawberries need the bees, or can they make do with something smaller?

Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,292
edited June 2019 in Fruit & veg
Last autumn I planted up a bed of Mara des Bois perpetual strawberries.
I bought a vegetable cage from Harrod Horticulture and as the strawberries are now flowering I was about to erect it this afternoon.
Then I realized that the cage comes with vegetable netting (7mm) not bird netting (20mm), so the 'holes' aren't big enough for a bee to get through.  :s

As they are perpetual strawberries, they'll need pollinating for the next 2-3 months.
Will other bugs that can get through the netting do a good job of pollination do you think?
Or do I need to get a bird net that would fit over the cage?
Thanks.

Billericay - Essex

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  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,723
    It would be best to take it off or use bird netting my strawberries are visited by many different insects but the main ones are bees and painted lady butterflies, neither of which could fit through that netting.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,292
    Thanks Skandi
    I'll see if I can get one made that will fit

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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