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strawberries in the greenhouse over winter

michelled932michelled932 scotlandPosts: 5
I am going to keep my potted strawberry plants in the greenhouse over winter but i am wondering if i should insulate the greenhouse with bubble wrap to help protect from frost, as i live in scotland
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  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 1,886
    If it's just for the strawberries, I wouldn't bother making any great effort to protect them. They're pretty invincible  :)
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,255
    Agreed, strawberries are as hardy as they get. No need to worry or even put them under cover. 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,497
    The only reason for having them undercover would be to have an earlier crop. 
    No protection needed otherwise  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • What's more, strawberries in greenhouses tend to suffer more botyrtrystytis.... Err, grey mouldy stuff  ;) . Better for them to stay out.
  • ManderMander GatesheadPosts: 230
    I've had the same strawberry plants (planted in the gaps in a stone wall, no less) living in a north facing garden in North East England for years. They come back and produce fruit every year. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,497
    Would that be botrytis you're trying to say @strelitzia32:D
    Yes - they actually need more care if undercover, just to keep them healthy. Commercial growers do it of course, but that's a whole different ballgame  :)

    I should have asked whereabouts you are though @michelled932. If you're much further north than me, or at more altitude, you may want to have a bit of very basic protection in late winter/spring when they're growing.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • @Fairygirl yep, that's what I said, exactly like you wrote it.  :D
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,497
    @Fairygirl yep, that's what I said, exactly like you wrote it.  :D
    I saw that  :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • michelled932michelled932 scotlandPosts: 5
    @Fairygirl I live in north east Scotland 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,497
    You should still be fine then  :)
    If you have plenty of them, you can experiment, but they won't need any special attention unless you're on a hill and being subjected to real Arctic weather. They're tough plants. I leave small runners in 3 or 4 inch pots out in snow/frost/ice and they can look dead at times, but they come back.  :)  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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