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21/10/2012 at 14:48

I pruned my strawberries right back when they had finished fruiting in the summer.Since then they have re-grown and re-fruited.Do I cut them back again?

21/10/2012 at 23:29

Strawberries don't need to be pruned or cut back, just take off the leaves which have died.

22/10/2012 at 06:59

Strawberries are traditionally cut back hard after flowering-though I wouldn't describe it as pruning-the fruits you have now are unlikely to ripen on the plant- it is too cold-I would pick them off bring them indoors and they might ripen

Don't cut the plants back again and but do remove any recent runners that may have formed.

22/10/2012 at 09:41

I did an experiment and pruned off all the old leaves off one set of Strawberries and left them on the others this year. Both gave good crops but the ones with the leaves hard cut in autumn last year produced better tasting, larger and more numerous strawberries as the sun could get to them. The ones with the old leaves had a lot of rot (could just be the wet weather this year). My plan is to hard cut most of the larger, old leaves this year to clear the central stalk.

22/10/2012 at 10:13

thankyou for all your replies.

22/10/2012 at 10:17

Don't forget to pot up the runners leave them attatched to the parent plant just put compost into a small pot and gently push the runner plant into the top of the compost secure the runner with a staple when the plant has produced strong roots cut the runner from the parent plant. I have made 10 new strawberry plants that will be ready for next year saving me money and the satisfaction of knowing I did them myself.!!!!!!!!!

22/10/2012 at 12:34

Do the young runners need any special treatment or feed after planting out ? I just got rid of a load of old plants and only have the babies left, will I get fruit next year ?

 

22/10/2012 at 13:01
blueberry77 wrote (see)

Do the young runners need any special treatment or feed after planting out ? I just got rid of a load of old plants and only have the babies left, will I get fruit next year ?

 


Do not feed now-you should get fruit next year but they are better in years 2 and 3-then they start to decline so it is a good idea to keep replacing.

23/10/2012 at 17:45

Thanks Geoff, the old ones had made nothing this year so decided to start afresh.

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