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07/07/2014 at 17:27

Hi All,

This is my strawberry hanging basket and I'm assuming the 'dangly bits' are runners. What do I need to do with them to make baby plants? Is it as easy as just snipping them off and planting or do I need to do something else?

Thanks is advance.


07/07/2014 at 17:30

Peg them down into pots of compost first OL. Once they're showing new growth you can separate from the parent plant. Tricky with the arrangement you have though - you might be better to bring the basket down onto a bucket or similar so that you can place pots on the ground round it. They don't take long to root - I've just done some - rooting took about a week or so. 

07/07/2014 at 17:34

Oh no, can't bring the basket down yet, it has strawberries try hat are ripening and they are the only ones I'll get this year, if I move it either the dogs or birds will have them 

Where do I peg them down? Where the little bits of growth are or anywhere and they will root?  Sorry to appear thick  I've tried doing this before and it didn't work.

07/07/2014 at 17:42

I just do it at the junction OL. Sometimes they start showing little roots anyway before I get them in. I use a piece of plastic coated wire as a peg and push it in quite firmly but you could put one either side of the new plant to make sure.  I'll see if I can do a pic to show you 

Perhaps you could rig up something to sit the pots on - even another basket or tray just so you can get a place near enough to do the job. 

07/07/2014 at 17:53
Peg them back into the basket OL, mark with a plant label
07/07/2014 at 18:03
Sorry, that was very blunt, not meant to be, just woken up from a nap

Try again....OL, could you peg them back into the basket? They will eventually reach the ground, will look a little odd, like an octopus! but you will be able to peg into pots then
07/07/2014 at 18:05

Sorry OL - not a great pic - but you can see the little plastic wire peg and the two runner ends which are now cut off. I used to peg them back into the pot the strawbs were in bekkie, but I found  it difficult to remove them as the roots got tangled up with the original plants. 

07/07/2014 at 18:15
Im not really the best to give advice on this, they were left to their own devices last year and now they have escaped everywhere, out of a rsised bed too! I feel terrible binning strawberry plants!

They probably will get tangled, but i cant see another option, if she checks them all the time and pulls them just as they root it could be ok, the other option would be to turn the whole thing out in the winter and seperate the plants?
07/07/2014 at 18:22

bekkie -  I know I would forget if it was me, and there would be a massive big knot of plants 

That would be the other option though - keeping a close eye on them and snipping them off as soon as they show new growth. Probably the easiest solution. They take so quickly at this time of year anyway.

07/07/2014 at 19:28

 Hi All, my first time at strawberry baskets too, with the same problem. OH made me some wire hooks shaped like a number two to put into pots and hang from the side of the baskets. I will try to post some pics to explain better. As FG and BH said they don't take long to develop roots. 

07/07/2014 at 19:30
Thats clever
07/07/2014 at 19:39

Brilliant Grandma T 

Simple ideas are always the best!

07/07/2014 at 19:41
OL can get her big boy to make these all weekend mwhahaha
07/07/2014 at 19:42

Great ideas, I use a paperclip that I unwind and bend  

07/07/2014 at 19:51
I dont grow much in pots anymore- not attentive enough!
07/07/2014 at 19:54

paper clips great idea. I won't complain about the "rubbish" kept just in case in the draw in the garage any more. Such a useful stash. Strawberry harvest not very large with two baskets but maybe next year I will try again... Luckily the slugs haven't found them yet.

07/07/2014 at 20:02

I put a couple of shelves on the fence in a previous garden and put some troughs of strawbs on them. Kept them off the ground and the slugs and snails had to work a bit harder if they wanted any 

07/07/2014 at 21:29

Fantastic ideas, thank you everyone.  I will get my big boy who wants to be an engineer anyway to engineer me something like you've shown at weekend.....that should keep him out of mischief 

07/07/2014 at 22:00

You'll have to share the results with us OL 

07/07/2014 at 22:02

Will do Fairy but just remembered big boy is on silver DoE at weekend so will be doing it myself 

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