I bought a strawberry last year. I don't know the variety, but it had pretty pink flowers and a long fruiting season. I planted it in a pot on my balcony and it did well. It produced lots of runners and I got four smaller plants and potted them up separately.
Towards autumn last year the main plant started to get brown leaves, and to die back. I thought this was probably normal, so didn't worry about it. The smaller plants also died back a bit, but less pronouncedly. I mulched them fairly heavily over the winter with crushed bamboo.
Now the smaller plants are not looking that healthy, but there's definitely new growth coming. The big one however had a couple of green bits in early march, but now they've gone brown too and I'm pretty sure it's dead.
Does anyone have any idea what might have happened? Is it s disease? In which case should I just get rid of all of the plants, since I have some new ones of a different variety on the balcony too and I don't want to contaminate them.
Thanks a lot for any advice!