I'm growing strawberries in baskets in the greenhouse for the first time. The plants have just started producing runners. Do I cut them off ?? Can I propogate them somehow to give me a few extra plants for next year ??
I did this a few years back, I just nicked off the plants at the end of the runners and popped them in pots of dirt..... to be fair I was a bit cavalier about the new plants. I was working on the theory that if they took it was a bonus and if they didn't then it's not like I'd spent a fortune on them!
More often than not they took....
Thanks for the reply. I'll give this a try. I'm happy to buy some more runners next year if it doesn't work ! Only bought 12 runners this year and don't think that I'm going to have enough to make jam The strawberries so far are delicious, so would be good to have some more of the same.
Strawberries in baskets are great. I have 7 this year. The runners should be easy to grow on once the small plants are showing. Just pop them in a pot and keep them watered and they will be off. Just keep them protected from the worst of the winter cold and next year you wll have plenty of new plants
Thanks for the replies !! What do you do with the strawberries in the winter ?? Just leave them hanging and water from time to time or do you put the baskets in the garden ??
I pop mine in the greenhouse, but if you don't have a greenhouse, just put them in a sheltered spot. Strawberries are quite hardy. I wouldn't leave them hanging as strong winds will tug them around and put unnecessary strain on the brackets
The strawberries are in the greenhouse at the moment I'm just not sure that I would remember to go and water them occasionally in the winter, so might put them outside somewhere. Of course, if I try to keep my lettuce going in the winter I would have to go into the greenhouse anyway
can some please advise how to winter my strawberrys as this is a first time for me and not sure how to look after them thankyou trish
I've never managed to do this..... mainly because we always seem to move the year i decide to grow strawberries again.... I'm hoping thats going to change next year!
However, the much beloveds dad sticks his in a pot which is suitable for the size of the plant (for the runners) the ones in the fruit and veg patch he just leaves in the ground.
He clears away any dead leaves, (i.e. shrivelled and brown) so they don't go all mouldy and nasty, and thats about it. The ones in the pots he tucks away behind the garage, theres a lovely sheltered spot which is about 2 sq metres which seems to get sun most of the day and they do ok.
the one thing i noticed he's dne this year which might be a little contriversal, he's done it for the 1st time this year which is lopped the tops off!
so if you can imagine gathering the leaves and holding them up, like you would with your hair if you where doing a ponytail and he just chopped them off.....
Now you might want to check this with someone else before you try it because it seemed a bit brutal to me and there are far more knowledgeable people than me on this forum... I was horrified, i know my gramps just let his be.... but it doesn't make it the right way!
let us know how you get on, i love knowing how people are doing and what sucess they've had.
Moonlit Hare, I have seen on other forums very similar stories about giving the plant a haircut! Some people mow theirs in the ground with a hover mower/strimmer apparently, ready for new growth!
Give them a haircut after fruiting-within weeks nice new growth appears