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Post  littlesapphire on 4/13/2010, 8:59 am

I bought a package of strawberry plants last week, and I really want to put them in the ground. The SFG book says to plant strawberries as soon as the ground is workable, and with the crazy weather we've had this year (it was in the 80s a week ago), I'm gonna say the ground is workable. But I just am afraid to put them outside too early. I'm in upstate NY, and although it was in the 80s a week ago, it's chilled down and has been in the 50s for the last few days.
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Post  martha on 4/13/2010, 8:34 pm

Although strawberries are tough little buggers in the winter, they will not like a frost after they have started growing. I think if you plant them and cover them if it seems cold, they'll be fine. If you got the plants that look like dead little strings, I would definitely plant them. The first time I bought those, I thought I had been deceived, but those plants are still here!

What kind of strawberries did you get?
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Post  quiltbea on 4/18/2010, 12:15 pm

I would plant them and cover them with row cover or even blankets and towels whenever the forecast is for near 32 degree nites.
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Post  Chopper on 5/5/2010, 6:07 pm

You might try those 2 liter bottle cloches while the weather adjusts - leave off the cap and cut off the bottom and slip them over the plant.

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Post  bullfrogbabe on 5/5/2010, 9:06 pm

I'm further north but my strawberries have been out growing on their just fine since the snow left in March (very unusually early). They seem to be fairly tough and have been fine even with the occassional frost. They started growing on their own several weeks ago. I haven't been covering them.

I'd say to go for it. They seem to be pretty tough!
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Post  martha on 5/5/2010, 10:34 pm

Little Sapph (do you mind if I call you Little Sapph?) how are your strawberry plants holding up?
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Post  auntij on 5/15/2010, 9:48 pm

I have no idea which type of strawberries I ended up planting, I got 30 plants for $5 and they were gorgeous healthy plants, so I wasn't to worried about specifics. They are doing really well (I think).

here is a week or 2 after we planted



And here is a few days ago (all the plants have this type of growth to them)


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Post  martha on 5/16/2010, 12:44 pm

I stand corrected - we have had a few frosts in the last two weeks, and both my established and brand new strawberries are perfectly fine!
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Post  Megan on 5/16/2010, 1:10 pm

Woo-hoo, great to hear, martha!
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Post  martha on 5/18/2010, 5:11 pm

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Post  Megan on 5/18/2010, 5:20 pm

Yours are much larger than mine. Wink This picture is about a week old.

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Post  martha on 5/18/2010, 5:27 pm

Megan - did you start from seed?
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Post  Megan on 5/18/2010, 5:52 pm

Yes. Smile I can wait.
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Post  martha on 5/18/2010, 9:35 pm

I have some about that size... I'm not sure they will grow big enough to have fruit in time for this year. But it will be fun to see! Keep showing me yours, and I'll get my camera and show you mine!


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Post  Megan on 5/18/2010, 9:41 pm

I don't know if I will have fruit this year either... but you are on! :-) Shall we have a one-penny bet to see whose set fruit first? Very Happy
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Post  martha on 5/18/2010, 10:35 pm

Your on!
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Post  Megan on 7/20/2010, 6:00 pm

Hey Martha! How are your wild strawberries doing? Here are mine.



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Post  Josh on 7/20/2010, 9:31 pm

Megan are those the strawberries you grew from seed?
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Post  Megan on 7/20/2010, 9:35 pm

@Josh wrote:Megan are those the strawberries you grew from seed?

Yep! They are the same ones as pictured earlier in this thread. (The white planter in the background has mature, "regular" strawberries that I received as a gift earlier this spring.)
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Post  Josh on 7/20/2010, 9:47 pm

Thats pretty cool that you grew those from seed!
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Post  Megan on 7/20/2010, 9:53 pm

Thanks! There were a lot more seedlings, only four survived.
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Post  martha on 7/22/2010, 10:45 pm

I dunno, Megan, that one on top looks a little unusual...what kind of strawberry is that one????

Okay, I'll try to behave. I'll also try to post a photo tomorrow of mine.
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Post  Megan on 7/23/2010, 5:18 pm

LOL.... that was my feeble attempt at companion planting.
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Post  martha on 7/23/2010, 10:23 pm

Hey, I know I started it, but don't you go giving yourself a hard time - I won't have it!

Any companion planting is good companion planting. You should see some of my attempts - marigolds totally covered over by their neighbors - and the basil I planted with my tomatoes? Can't find 'em! They are buried in the jungle.
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Post  Megan on 7/23/2010, 10:26 pm

I have two nasturtium plants, and they are more or less doing well, though I only have gotten one bloom so far. Silly plants!
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