Strawberries

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  1. Upsydaisy

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    I pin a couple of runners from each plant into the soil next to the parent plant and leave them a few weeks until they have well rooted then cut to separate them both.
     
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    I posted this in the Veg growing thread, but just in case you missed it I use shredded paper instead of straw to keep my strawberries off the soil:

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      Got 4 large baskets of Strawberries in my Greenhouse and strawberries in raised bed and one hanging pot in garden if the birds want to eat them.
       

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      If your berries are June bearers, I would remove the runners for the moment, while they are fruiting.
      In July, when they are done producing, I would pin the runners in pots until they form roots and then cut the runners and replant the baby plants immediately.
      That way they will have lots of time to establish until November, get dormant until March and be fully productive June 2021.
       
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        The most delicious/tasty varieties? Pulling out my Elsantas and Elsantish. Wanna get proper varieties. Cambridge Favourite I have is nice. I see Marshmello gets it's pluses on the forum. What else to plant? Does anybody have Malwina?
         
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        Sorry, just chipping in with more random advice....
        I was on course for a several kg yield of berries this year. Until my local squirrel decided to help me pick them. Which I'm okay with. But to add to the hanging basket idea, one upturned over your plant should help deter a squirrel....should you get one!
         
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        Oh no! We've got a family of squirrels and they're quite bold. I'll have to put up some sort of protection. I've got a whole bed of strawberries to plant this year so it'll need more than a hanging basket...
         
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        All my strawberries vanished without trace early this year. All gone. not a leaf or stem left.
         
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        Islander 77, this could have been a mix of Slugs, Blackbirds, and other hungry wildlife.
        I too was looking forward to some strawbs, my grandson beat me to it.:old::heehee:

        My only issue is, when to start making new plants from those left behind?
         
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        @Alisa I'd agree re elsanta. I bought some in desperation earlier this year, but having picked a handful fresh today, I'd say the flavour is definitely ordinary. I'll only keep them until my Marshmellos get going!
         
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        Once the plants have stopped flowering you should be okay to start rooting any runners that are sent out. The earlier you can do this the more time the new strawberries will have to establish themselves.
         
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        I got rid of mine already. Little plugs of Marshmello arrived today. Wow, got them through letterhole.
        I want to try growing Polka, but don't see it available immediately.
         
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        Mine are cropping right now. Best harvest ive had. Growing in baskets and in legths of guttering. 57 plants for me and 3 for the female blackbird.
        Seaweed has made a difference this year i think?
         
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          Mmm, yummy. What are the varieties you grow?
           
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