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2 comments | Friday, September 15, 2006

Growing and Propagating Strawberry Plants

This year was an excellent year for our strawberry plants. Starting out with 50 plants last year, we now have well over 500 strawberry plants this year. The strawberries propagate themselves by sending out runners that fix themselves into the soil around the parent plant and grow into new strawberry plants. So propagating strawberry plants is not in itself a hard task. As long as your strawberry plants don't succumb to any disease, you should be fine with severing the young plants from the parent plants.

We will be tilling up a larger strawberry bed this Fall to transplant the baby plants into. It's now so thick in the current patch that, if we left them as is, we would never be able to harvest next year's strawberries. So the babies will get their own bed to live in for the next few years. We canned several pints of strawberry preserves this year and I believe it is the best preserves I have ever tasted. Of course, I am a bit biased. But the preserves has been a wonderful additon to breakfast meals and late night snacks. I can hardly wait for next year's strawberry crop. Oh, a little secret here. Strawberries LOVE it when you till in horse manure before planting. If I remember correctly, we tilled in the horse manure about three weeks before the strawberries were planted and they hit the ground running. I haven't added anything else to that bed since they were planted and the plants are still growing vigorously over a year later. I hope you get the chance to plant some strawberry plants. Growing and propagating your own strawberry plants is such a fun thing to do.

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Blogger omkara said...

Hello, I hope you all could help me with my problem...
it is our first time growing strawbberies, they are coming nicely but they are touching the ground and rotting/eaten up by bugs... what should we do?
Thank you very much,

5:32 PM

Blogger GypsySunrise said...

Wow, 500 plants?! Amazing! I just transplanted 10 plants from one of mine, so I guess it you started with 50, it makes sense. That's awesome, though, I need to get more strawberry plants, and hopefully have the same luck! =)

5:05 PM


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