January 17, 2006 at 11:22 am #236841
i’ve read about transplanting the runners of strawberries to keep the viruses of your main bed in check – but i would’ve thought that the runners also would be infected. but buying new plants every few years isn’t sustainable… this is my first time to have strawberry plants and they are looking in need of freshening up so i’m going to transplant next week. is this neccesary? what do other people do?
sabineJanuary 17, 2006 at 12:10 pm #261059
I’m no expert on stawbs, but always had good success. Every year I’d start a new patch by transplanting, using the FIRST plant on the runner (called a sister plant), if you use the others it will take 1 or 2 seasons to produce well. Can keep old patch going until fruiting slows.January 17, 2006 at 12:39 pm #261060
I’ve read a whole heap on this subject. Can’t remember where though but they were very specific in recommending the following.
Buy your disease free plant to start with and plant it somewhere isolated from your proposed strawberry patch. Don’t use a runner from another plant.
Harvest runners off this plant, and don’t allow any of it’s runners to establish. I can’t rembember what it suggested about the fruit from this plant.
Plant the runners in another location. Use these to harvest fruit only. Don’t harvest runners from these, and from memory I’m pretty sure it suggested just to let the runners go, don’t worry about cutting them off.
<muttering to self “Now where’d I get all this from? Gardening Australia? Might check their website.”>January 17, 2006 at 7:18 pm #261061
I agree with the above, if you start with virus-free plants and have no problems with disease while growing them, you can take the runners off.
Strawberries generally have a three year life – with year 2 and 3 as your main crops. I take the first runners to develop and make that my new plant, but I only allow that to fruit in the second year. If you allow fruit in the first year, it’s scrawny. I’ve had good success following this three year thing.
Also strawbs are in the rose family, so can stand a lot of pruning. When my plants are established and not fruiting, I cut them right back and when they start growing again, they have increased vigour.January 17, 2006 at 11:25 pm #261062
Has anyone grown strawberries from seed?
If so – is it just me or do they take forever to be of planting out size?January 18, 2006 at 12:44 pm #261063
Fran, good on you for trying! So they actually sprouted then?
We’ve got wild strawbs down near our creek. Gorgeous little bright red things, but no taste. I’ll try and get a photo.January 18, 2006 at 7:51 pm #261064
Fran, are they alpines?January 18, 2006 at 10:25 pm #261065
I’ve have both Alpine Bush and Temptation seeds to germinate – but they are still little wispy plants and they have been in the pots for nearly 18 months! They are about 2 cm tall. They are really cute though.
I went out and brought soil for my large strawberry pot and got a few of those hanging strawberry bags….a bit eager…I used the soil else where and the pot and bags are gathering dust 😆January 20, 2006 at 6:01 am #261066
hmm, that’s a bit of work involved to take of strawbs, but its worth it! unfortunately my ducks love strawberries too so this batch i transplant will go under some wire. then it will really be worth it, as i’ll actually get more than a few overlooked ones!!
sabineJanuary 21, 2006 at 2:13 pm #261067
Here’s a photo of the wild strawberries which grow down near our creek.
Cute hey?January 21, 2006 at 7:12 pm #261068
I’m moving down there, Tam. 😉 What a gorgeous perfect strawberry. What do they taste like?January 22, 2006 at 4:14 am #261069
its very cute! does yours taste like cardboard, or is it only me? i’ve never had any luck with wild strawberries. but i just got a tip from a lady at the markets this weekend about making bush tucker like brazil cherries taste better – she reckons a bit of sulphate of potash should sweeten things up. anyone tried that?
sabineJanuary 22, 2006 at 4:25 am #261070
it’s beautiful! Looks like something from a children’s story book. You could write a kid’s story about your creek and all it’s inhabitants Tam!January 22, 2006 at 1:26 pm #261071
LOL! Our place is like a kid’s adventure playground. Now it’s also looking like the proverbial children’s zoo, you know the type that do birthday parties? 😆 :rol:
Is that potash sprinkled on top? Or do I have to nurture the bush tucker Sabine? Yes they are rather tasteless, but my son says they’re yummy, I reckon cos he found and picked them himself.January 22, 2006 at 6:40 pm #261072
I put potash on almost all of my fruiting plants. It sweetens then, promotes more flowers (and fruit) and it strengthens the plant.
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