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Hi this year I'm hoping to grow my first ever strawberry plants. Is it better getting them as plugs or seed. I have a small 2metre polytunnel to grow them in. Where do you usually get your seed or plugs from?



  • I bought bare rooted plants last spring and planted them far too close because I only set aside about 3m x 1m in a net tunnel, I cut the flowers and runners off as they grew and hope that this summer I will have a bumper crop, fingers crossed!

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Seeds usually give alpine-type plants. Repeat yielding but small. Plugs are produced vegetatively and are identical to their parents and will give big strawberries.
  • How long does it usually take from seed to see something happening ? 

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    I think strawberry seed needs light to germinate; so sow them on the surface. You will only get small alpine-type strawberries from seed.
  • oh good that's what I did and they are indoors in a propogater on my windowsill. In pound land they have strawberry plants that look like dead sticks what are these called and do you think they would be worth a try ??

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 16,775

    I buy little plants in pots from the garden centre. Haven't found them sold bare root here in France.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • delboidelboi Posts: 22

    I think I may try the elsanta (bare root) variety in the GW offers section. 30 for a tenner for two years crop can't be bad I guess. I thinking I could get runners from them and also have more to put in raised planters. Wish me luck I probably need it image also thank you all for your input image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Remember Elsanta is the strawberry mostly found in supermarkets and nobody rates the flavour very highly. They mostly stock it because it travels well, but that should not be a consideration with the variety you grow in your garden.
  • delboidelboi Posts: 22

    Ok never really took notice of names of varietys before until recently, what would you recommend?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,827

    Cambridge Favourite has a good flavour and fruits mid-season.  I've found 'Alice' to fruit well and have a good flavour, it's a bit later than Cambridge Favourite so would extend the season.

    Lots here

    I've been very pleased with what I've bought from Ken Muir - very good service.

    Have fun image


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