Thursday, 23 June 2011

one strawberry with cream anyone?

On Tuesday I drove home in the sunshine, a rare thing in Kent because we have had nothing but grey skies and rain. So I got in and set about pottering in the garden for an hour or so to wind down. My strawberries have been doing really well but this picture shows one huge strawberry (picture taken by my son Jack). I gave them a feed two weeks ago and since then they have been producing all sizes but this one is a whoppa! One question, what do I do with all the runners I now have? Do I snip them off and pot them up?

11 comments:

Martin and Amy said...

I'm also wondering how to 'peg' down the runners. There are loads of them now.

I'm quite the opposite to you. The strawberries are very late and we have only had two so far. So it literally is just one (small) strawberry with cream for us.

Have a great day!

Martin :0)

eight by six said...

Hi Martin

I found this that might be helpful
http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/growfruitandveg_strawberries1.shtml

Lottie said...

I am so enjoying catching up with all your posts on your blog

Brilliant

eight by six said...

Thanks for joining my Blog Lottie x

Paul and Melanie said...

Nooo, don't snip them off, just fill a few small pots with compost and, using a clothes peg on the side of the pot, peg a runner from the main plant into the pot so that the bit of the runner that looks like it's sprouting leaves is resting on the compost (this would be easier to explain with a picture lol). Then just leave it for a while, keeping it watered as needed, and in a few months you'll find it's bedded in and rooted. At that point you can cut the runner off the main plant as it's self sufficient enough not to need 'food' from its parents.

I actually left my runners attached over winter this year, more out of forgetfullness than design, and the plants all seem fine so I'd say leaving them attached for too long is better than cutting them free too early...

Hope that helps... :)

eight by six said...

Hi Paul + Melanie. Thanks for your advice on strawberry runners and for joining my blog. I'm a bit short on space because these have been grown in containers. I'll try to squeeze them in.

Jo said...

That's a whopper. I left my runners through neglect last year and they rooted in the strawberry bed. I snipped them off, dug them up and potted them up at that stage. It's great to get free plants.

eight by six said...

Hi Jo - I have some runners on my alpines too which is great because they were only 30p each!

Anthonyjcastelli said...

Great Job! We're growing tomatoes in Cincinnati. It's a hassle. My blog is completely different than yours. But anyways, keep it up!

(PSN ID) DirtyNaughtyFun said...

Hi i know others have commented , but i just make a small hole in the ground or find small Pots and push the runner curve into the soil, cover and Press firmly. it works a treat and withing 5-7 days it will have a good root. then it can be snipped off/ dug out or kept in the pot and relocated without any hassle , i found that making a molases feed makes them even sweeter and Much larger than normal. thats if your wanting prize winning sized Strawberrys and im talking 4 x the size of the olds 50p peice!! and im unsure if you use Straw but i find it does help and keeps the rroots Moist and free from weeds and bugs ,it also makes them run longer Links and easyer to pot intseted of having tiny lenghts to mess with. only prob i have is Slugs at the moment Gggrrr ;)

Alternicity said...

Whoa that is a beaut!