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14/10/2013 at 10:37

Just hoping someone can advise when you should recycle old strawb plants? I'm not organised so don't know how long they have been growing but I assume you can tell by length of the stump?

And will runners from this year fruit next year or take time to produce?

14/10/2013 at 14:53

i think i read 2/3 year old plants produce most fruit and then they get woody.

14/10/2013 at 16:22

Yes this years runners will give a crop, albeit reduced.

14/10/2013 at 16:30

Yes, ditch 3 year olds (they usually look woody and spindly) and the runners will fruit OK as Welsh Onion says reduced.

14/10/2013 at 19:54

Three years and they get the Peggy Mitchell treatment geddaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatamy paaaaaaaaaaaaab!

(I always say thank you first though . Mind you I say thanks to the cash point when it gives me dosh too........)

14/10/2013 at 20:51

The thinking used to be not to allow first year plants to fruit. But with the more modern cultivars this is now seen as a waste of a year as you will as said before ditch the plants after 3 years. With lots of Free new plants from runners why keep poor producing older plants.

15/10/2013 at 15:08

Thanks for the advice, I think some of mine were well beyond the 3 year mark. Will do a thorough weeding out when I get the chance!

15/10/2013 at 15:51

its a tree year cycle with strawberries so you ditch the three year old plant on the new plantlets and the second year ones provide the fruit .

15/10/2013 at 15:59

3 years is the accepted norm. I believe the original idea was to have rows of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year plants, so the bed in a large patch precessed across.

However, you may find that by the 3rd year row weeds are a problem, so it needs to be removed and dug over.

We are currently solving our weed problem and Strawberry beds by a method seen elsewhere.

1. Select runners and place in small 3'' pots with compost around August.

2. Dig over row/s and try to get as much perennial weed root out as possible and add compost.

3. Cover the area with black weed proof material and  retain cover with plastic retainers.

4. Cut out planting holes, by X's and turn back the material to give a reasonable space for plant and watering/feeding.

5. When the runners have settled into their pots and have some roots showing at the bottom of the pot, cut off and transplant runners into the holes watering well.

We have completed our second bed on the strength of the yield of the last years trial. It was easier to pick, feed and water. Next year the third row will be started.

15/10/2013 at 20:28

Wise minds think alike OlCompostHeap. This is exactly how i do it. The weed control barrier does this job and also removes the need for straw to protect the fruit from the soil.

15/10/2013 at 21:08

hi there

i thought strawberrys were fine until 5 years so im learning something new already on here

15/10/2013 at 22:04

Beano 2. They will still produce fruit beyond year 3 but they produce less and less each year. The plants get woodier also. First year plants crop lightly also so have  3  rows or beds as OldCompostHeap says. Keep renewing and ditching each year. This is done on the cheap as old plants produce  new ones each year. Hope this is of help.

16/10/2013 at 21:14

ewhy thanks i just use them in the garden for the tortoises to eat to be honest so thats really good to know

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