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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brilliant Grandma T
Simple ideas are always the best!
Great ideas, I use a paperclip that I unwind and bend
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.
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
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
You'll have to share the results with us OL
Will do Fairy but just remembered big boy is on silver DoE at weekend so will be doing it myself