Strawberries in the greenhouse?

A friend of mine grows more than a few strawberries in hanging baskets, in his greenhouse, they're off the ground, his reasons are that the slugs and snails don't go near them and he gets a crop a month earlier. Works for him.

To be fair though, he has a polly tunnel, and a lot bigger than my 8 x 6 greenhouse.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this because it seems to go against the grain for me. I feel they would be open to disease and hot house pests.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,245

    I think the majority of strawbs that you buy in supermarkets are grown in a similar fashion. Otherwise you wouldn't get them before wimbledon, like in the old days when there was always a panic as to whether the british strawbs would be ready for wimbledon.  British strawbs seem to be available from beginning of may these days.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,932

    You are more likley to get earlier strawberries if grown in a polytunnel or GH but once the weather warms up they grow just as well outside and don't need as much watering.

    I had a trough the same size as yours in the GH James. It was brought outside a few weeks ago and all the strawberries have now been picked. 

    In a GH the fruit is more likely to go rotten due to the heat during the summer, hanging baskets will dry up daily so unless you have the time to water, once, sometimes twice a day it's not worth the effort in my opinion.    

  • JimbolenaJimbolena Posts: 114

    I'm grateful to both fidgetbones and Zoomer44 for taking the time out to chew this subject over and I have got something from both your comments, advice.

    I don't think it's too late in the season to have a rethink, I'm really not comfortable having that big planter in my GH. Tomorrow I feel that major works are afoot.

    I picked strawberries for a summer or two in Denmark back in 1997 and what I learnt is coming back to me.....Use straw, cut off the first fruits that appear and cycle the plants every 4 years. This farmer had 4 fields on the go at different stages. I'm going to put together all the bits and pieces that you guys advise and what I've learnt and make some changes.

    I think I like the idea of hanging baskets along one side, I don't mind watering regularly. I will see if there's any runners on the big plants and deal with them. The mother plants have had their day, they're atleast 4 years old.

    I'll post my changes later on tomorrow. 

  • JimbolenaJimbolena Posts: 114

    I moved all my strawberries out of the greenhouse yesterday morn, I wasn't comfortable with them in there. They had been out for a few winters and were quite old so goodness know what kind of health they were in.

    Further to my question though, I thought the point about having a crop before Wimbledon was a good one, I'd never even considered that, why would you, anyway I'm going to set up a hanging basket rail. This really interests me. I have seen some centre beem eyelet fixings but there's a fair old weight going up so I'll take great pleasure in dvising a framework or other, see what's kicking around.

     

    My thanks to the comments thus far. The reason I'm interested in growing strawbs in the greenhouse is because the summers in sw Scotland are usually cold and wettish so I think it's a good idea. To be fair, I will buy or get hold of new healthy plants, all mine are old and have had their day.

  • I keep mine in the greenhouse, I have room as the greenhouse only went up a couple of month's ago. and it was a bit late in the year to plant what i wanted. ive planted some runners on from my stawberrys. I remember Monty saying the best crop comes in year 2 & 3 so i'm trying to always have plants in the 2nd year. Well thats what i want but im still a bit a nooby with the greenhouse.
  • JimbolenaJimbolena Posts: 114
    ZombieGardener wrote (see)
    I keep mine in the greenhouse, I have room as the greenhouse only went up a couple of month's ago. and it was a bit late in the year to plant what i wanted. ive planted some runners on from my stawberrys. I remember Monty saying the best crop comes in year 2 & 3 so i'm trying to always have plants in the 2nd year. Well thats what i want but im still a bit a nooby with the greenhouse.

    I've just got my greenhouse, loving it...see photos.

    I will need totally new plants for next year, I'm not comfortable having them in the greenhouse because the plants are too old, probably full of disease. Wouldn't be surprised, don't even trust taking the runners off.

    I will set a hanging basket system, gives me more space...I will have some outside on top of straw and under netting, I will sacrifice a couple for the birds, they have to live too and I like to see them dodging about.

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  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,932

    jgmc3. It might be worth watching 'Beechgrove' a Scottish gardening programme. I live in the NW and find the programme really helpful because they grow stuff in a slightly colder climate than the English equivalent, ' Gardener World' which is broad cast a lot further south.

    They've been growing strawberries undercover, in a raised stand rather than hanging baskets but don't run the strawberry bit every week.

    When purchasing new stock, different varieties fruit at different times so having a selection will prolong your fruiting season.   

  • JimbolenaJimbolena Posts: 114
    Zoomer44 wrote (see)

    jgmc3. It might be worth watching 'Beechgrove' a Scottish gardening programme. I live in the NW and find the programme really helpful because they grow stuff in a slightly colder climate than the English equivalent, ' Gardener World' which is broad cast a lot further south.

    They've been growing strawberries undercover, in a raised stand rather than hanging baskets but don't run the strawberry bit every week.

    When purchasing new stock, different varieties fruit at different times so having a selection will prolong your fruiting season.   

    Thanks, I'd forgotten all about beechgrove garden, will start watching it. It's been fierce here the heat in SW Scotland, I can't imagine what it's been like for you guys, how are the water supplies doing?

     

    I'm still fiddling with drip feeding and general irrigation, having a great time fiddling, trying to not spend too much but still do a neat job. Hose fixing need a good rethink in my opinion, this male and female business is old hat, there's got to be a more universal way. I always seem to have loads of one and none of what I need. Anyway a dragons den project for some one I think.

  • JimbolenaJimbolena Posts: 114

    I noticed that the strawberries in the greenhouse are far sweeter by a long chalk. Does anyone have any experience about this?

  • Looks like a nice set up you have got going there jgmc3. this is my plant at the mo. I started with 4 early season in the top and four late seasons plants in the side's. So i know which were which and labeled them. I know they need a cold winter for better flowering next year so i might put them outside for winter, i can't make my mind up i dont think im going to heat the greenhouse this winter so they might be ok for this year to over winter them inside. I just dont know what to do. 

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