Overwintering Stawberry Plants (in Pots)

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Overwintering Stawberry Plants (in Pots)

Postby cobdeng » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:49 pm

I have a single pot of Strawberry plants - which also have some runners.

What is the best advice for overwintering please as I have read many things about putting the potted plants into a garage; putting the pots into the ground with a few inches above ground; and even removing the plants from the pots and replanting the plants into the ground.

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Re: Overwintering Stawberry Plants (in Pots)

Postby tigerburnie » Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:29 pm

My pots are plunged into the soil in my greenhouse borders, this is done to insulate the roots from any severs frost, I also put a layer of fleece over the tops as well(these are French strawberries so are a bit more tender, I am also in NE Scotland, it depends where you are in country).
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Re: Overwintering Stawberry Plants (in Pots)

Postby Pa Snip » Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:40 pm

My plants stay in the ground in their beds, untouched, over winter and have done so for many years
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Re: Overwintering Stawberry Plants (in Pots)

Postby robo » Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:58 pm

I'm with pa snip I've just planted some that were given to me by the next door plot holder ,last year I potted around sixty runners but left them outside they were all ok come spring
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Re: Overwintering Stawberry Plants (in Pots)

Postby Westi » Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:36 pm

Welcome cobdeng!

I leave mine outside as well, but are direct in the soil. Spent yesterday weeding them & cutting off the runners (for the 2nd time this year) & moving some of the larger runners that snuck out of the main bed to the 2nd bed that I extended. I was amazed how many plants had flowers & fruit on them as well so had to snip them off.

In a pot though they may need more protection, which will be related to the size of the pot & it's composition. If you have some ground to spare pot on the mother plant & cut off the runners & put them in as well, they will likely fruit next year as well to increase your harvest.
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Re: Overwintering Stawberry Plants (in Pots)

Postby Primrose » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:53 pm

Strawberries are pretty hardy plants but if they're in a pot which may be exposed to freezing temperatures i would try and move the pot up against a house wall, preferably a south facing one, where it will receive a little protection until winter is over. I would cut the runners offf now before they get badly frosted and plant them either in small pots which are also stored in a sheltered position although these may freeze if exposed to frosts. The other alternative is actually to plant them direct in the soil close together in a sheltered birder somewhere in the garden over winter and then put them up next spring if you want to grow another potmof them.

Remember that strawberry plants are really only viable for producing maximum yields for about 3 years and then they decline so it's sensible to keep a small stream of new plants ongoing to maintain good crops.
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