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Strawberries in a container

Dorset, United Kingdom Gb

I have strawberries growing in a tub on a pedastal and they are doing very well and so far have given me quite a few fruits. They now have long stems with what I think are baby plants on them. Does anybody know what I should do with these please? If they were in the ground I assume they would root themselves. Thanks.




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These are called runners, and can be removed if you wish. This will preserve the strength of your fruiting plant.
If pegged down into pots of compost, the runners will develop into new plants. These first year plants are called maidens, and are a quick and reliable way of increasing your plants. If you decide to do this, wait until the new plant is well rooted into its pot before removing the runner, at the base of the stem, from the parent plant.
I do this quite often, and the appearance of the old plant surrounded by pots of rooting runners, always reminds me of an octopus!
Hope this helps. Enjoy your strawberries...with lots of cream!

22 Jun, 2009

 

Thanks for the info, very helpful.

22 Jun, 2009

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