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I'm new to both the website and the world of gardening so any advice would be really helpful.
I'm planting stawberries in hanging baskets for a balcony (first floor in a high rise flat. Will I be able to use the plants next year.?
I'm new on here and new to gardening. I find site very informative. Great!
I have had a lot of success making new plants. Now I need to be able to take care of them.
I am new to Gardeners world and not very green fingered yet! My five year old daughters love of gardening has spurred me on and this site is perfect!

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The only problem I have is that I grow mine in a strawberry pot and hanging baskets which are not close to a surface to stand the new pots on. Will have to tie the pots onto the hanging baskets to support them but a bit trickier with the stawberry planter as can't easily attach and can't find a tall enough pot to stand them on.
I found this explanation clear and as easy to follow as I usually find the explanations on this site.

Some of my strawberries already have flowers, although they are small and not long in the ground. Should I remove flowers and let them grow a bit more first?

Strawberries grow for fun in my garden, in beds,pots and forced in the GH for an early crop.

Last year I sowed some alpine strawberries which don't produce runners so are better behaved and don't over flow into other beds.I'm hoping for a perpetual crop through the summer, some of the plants are already flowering. I've also white strawberries and pineberry seeds to sow this year, can't wait to try them.

Must admit, it's mainly a bit of trial and error as I don't know what kind of plants I have as a kindly neighbour at the allotment shared her runners with us.  We just planted them and hope for the best.  Some are under a cloche, some in the ground and others in a strawberry planter, so we will see what happens!

AllotmentMax. Leave the flowers, they eventually produce the fruit. Unlike some plants, dead heading strawberry plants (ie..picking off the flowers) doesn't necessarily make them produce more flowers. You may end up with a plant of just leaves and runners with no flowers and fruit. 

AllotmentMax. I don't know which variety my original strawberry plants were, they too were given and back then, before the age of internet chat,  I had no idea what to do with them and so they were planted under a conifer tree. They grew for Britain and I had a bowl full fruit every morning once they came into harvest. I'm confident you'll get a good result trying different methods.  

Thanks for the tip. Will let them do their stuff naturally and see what I get. Half the fun is the waiting to see what happens! Will be great to eat home grown strawberries. I remember my nan always grew loads way back when I was little. She would have been proud of my 'slightly' green fingers!!!
I've read that you shouldn't raise new plants from strawberry runners because this risks propagating viruses ... Is this right, or does it only become a problem after a few years?
sotongeoff

If you plants are healthy- the runners will be healthy- there was a recent post from someone who was still  propagating from plants bought 40 years ago

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I found a video on this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3cEljuKJ64
The ground is quite dry, should I water my strawberries before I put straw down
marshmello

You've got to water your strawberries regardless of whether the straw is there or not. Otherwise your fruit won't swell, so yes, water and continue to water.

Wintersong

Any fruiting plant requires a steady supply of water after pollination. This rule applies to veg  as well if you want better, healthier and longer lived crops.

Lucy3
Thanks for this. I will be doing this today. I have a medium sized strawberry bed from plants my mum did last year from the runners so this is a great 'how-to' for me...