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Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

Hi All,

This is my strawberry hanging basket and I'm assuming the 'dangly bits' are runners. What do I need to do with them to make baby plants? Is it as easy as just snipping them off and planting or do I need to do something else?

Thanks is advance.

 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,190

    Peg them down into pots of compost first OL. Once they're showing new growth you can separate from the parent plant. Tricky with the arrangement you have though - you might be better to bring the basket down onto a bucket or similar so that you can place pots on the ground round it. They don't take long to root - I've just done some - rooting took about a week or so. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Oh no, can't bring the basket down yet, it has strawberries try hat are ripening and they are the only ones I'll get this year, if I move it either the dogs or birds will have them image

    Where do I peg them down? Where the little bits of growth are or anywhere and they will root?  Sorry to appear thick image I've tried doing this before and it didn't work.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,190

    I just do it at the junction OL. Sometimes they start showing little roots anyway before I get them in. I use a piece of plastic coated wire as a peg and push it in quite firmly but you could put one either side of the new plant to make sure.  I'll see if I can do a pic to show you image

    Perhaps you could rig up something to sit the pots on - even another basket or tray just so you can get a place near enough to do the job. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Peg them back into the basket OL, mark with a plant label image
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Sorry, that was very blunt, not meant to be, just woken up from a nap image



    Try again....OL, could you peg them back into the basket? They will eventually reach the ground, will look a little odd, like an octopus! but you will be able to peg into pots then image
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,190

    http://i1331.photobucket.com/albums/w595/fairygirl55/P7070001_zpse75f43da.jpg

    Sorry OL - not a great pic - but you can see the little plastic wire peg and the two runner ends which are now cut off. I used to peg them back into the pot the strawbs were in bekkie, but I found  it difficult to remove them as the roots got tangled up with the original plants. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Im not really the best to give advice on this, they were left to their own devices last year and now they have escaped everywhere, out of a rsised bed too! I feel terrible binning strawberry plants! image



    They probably will get tangled, but i cant see another option, if she checks them all the time and pulls them just as they root it could be ok, the other option would be to turn the whole thing out in the winter and seperate the plants? image
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,190

    bekkie -  I know I would forget if it was me, and there would be a massive big knot of plants image

    That would be the other option though - keeping a close eye on them and snipping them off as soon as they show new growth. Probably the easiest solution. They take so quickly at this time of year anyway.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Grandma TGrandma T Posts: 29

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     Hi All, my first time at strawberry baskets too, with the same problem. OH made me some wire hooks shaped like a number two to put into pots and hang from the side of the baskets. I will try to post some pics to explain better. As FG and BH said they don't take long to develop roots. 

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Thats clever image
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