Tips for Growing Strawberries
The growing of strawberries is quite an easy matter and most rewarding. Even in cases where fruit and vegetables have been left out of the garden plan due to lack of space, a few young strawberry plants incorporated into the flower border can be well worth considering.
In August plant intothat has had some well rotted added. These plants are quite shallow rooting and the soil only needs to be lightly forked over.
The useful life span of a strawberry plant is about three years and to ensure that a good regular supply of fruit is available in years to come, the runners, on which tiny plants form during the summer, should be pegged down and about five of the strongest little plants encouraged to root into small pots which have been sunk into the soil near to the parent plant. All other unwanted runners should be removed. The connecting thread to the large plant is left intact for the time being until the small plant has become established and can be cut late in the summer. If space allows, the young strawberry plants may be made into another row, planting at a distance of 1-½ ft. apart.
When this has been done again the following year the oldest plants, now three years old, should be discarded. As soon as flowering has finished each year, surround each plant with straw to keep the fruit clean.
Red Gauntlet – Ready mid-season and bears heavy crops of well flavoured fruit.
Royal Sovereign – Probably the most popular variety, the fruit is large and brilliantly coloured.
Propagating strawberry runners
To increase the number of strawberry plants or to replace the older stock, choose about 5 healthy runners and peg them into small pots of soil buried near to the parent plant. When these have become established the connecting thread may be severed. All excess runners should be cut off as they appear.