Posted: 01/10/2012 at 15:12
I've never managed to do this..... mainly because we always seem to move the year i decide to grow strawberries again.... I'm hoping thats going to change next year!
However, the much beloveds dad sticks his in a pot which is suitable for the size of the plant (for the runners) the ones in the fruit and veg patch he just leaves in the ground.
He clears away any dead leaves, (i.e. shrivelled and brown) so they don't go all mouldy and nasty, and thats about it. The ones in the pots he tucks away behind the garage, theres a lovely sheltered spot which is about 2 sq metres which seems to get sun most of the day and they do ok.
the one thing i noticed he's dne this year which might be a little contriversal, he's done it for the 1st time this year which is lopped the tops off!
so if you can imagine gathering the leaves and holding them up, like you would with your hair if you where doing a ponytail and he just chopped them off.....
Now you might want to check this with someone else before you try it because it seemed a bit brutal to me and there are far more knowledgeable people than me on this forum... I was horrified, i know my gramps just let his be.... but it doesn't make it the right way!
let us know how you get on, i love knowing how people are doing and what sucess they've had.