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 Post subject: Strawberries on Trellis
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:26 pm 

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What's ya'll's input on strawberries growing up small trellises?
I'm afraid to plant them with the vines running on the ground,I have dogs that like to run in the garden and I'm afraid of the fruit rotting on the ground from too wet soil.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:20 pm 
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My garden is separate from where my dogs are, but the birds often beat me to the strawberries. And any time my ex comes by he seems to find a few ready to eat. :)

I am resigned to growing strawberries for the birds and visitors to the yard. There are never enough to take inside, only a few to eat while out in the garden.

An item I learned recently - if you let the plant send out all of the runners then you won't get as much fruit as if you pinch them off. The energy then goes to berries, not runners. A trellis situation might need some runners, though.


PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:38 am 

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The runners are how the plant multiplies and provides more berries. I always let the strawberries send out runners. Mulch under them and don't allow the ground to stay too wet and they will not rot. The runners don't twine or tendril so they won't do well on a trellis, but you can put them in hanging baskets and they do great.

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