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Post  mkburnett on 10/12/2013, 10:35 am

I'm wondering what I need to do with our strawberry patch this winter.  Last year we planted them right before we got snow, so we covered the entire sfg with plastic and the strawberry plants did amazing this year!!  I'm wondering if I should do the same thing this year or if I need to leave it open to the elements.  I'd love your help.  Thank you.  We are in rural SE Kansas, so we'll probably get snow and still get fairly warm some days!
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Post  camprn on 10/12/2013, 11:54 am

How you treat strawberries after they fruit depends upon what variety they are. Mine require mowing of the foliage. What variety did you plant?


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Post  mkburnett on 10/12/2013, 12:02 pm

We have both ever-bearing and June-bearing
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Post  camprn on 10/12/2013, 12:41 pm

this site may have answers for you.
http://strawberryplants.org/2010/05/growing-strawberries/

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Post  mkburnett on 10/12/2013, 12:43 pm

thank you.  i'll check it out!
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Post  camprn on 10/12/2013, 12:48 pm

you can also check with your county extension service for information about strawberries and their cultivation.

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Post  mkburnett on 10/12/2013, 12:54 pm

yes, thank you.  I have asked them about other things!  I may have to bug them again!! Very Happy
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Post  sanderson on 12/4/2013, 1:59 pm

I have Sequoia and Quinolt in plastic hanging containers.


I need to add compost and replant them.  Here are my questions:
Q:  Do I take them out, add lots of compost and replant them?  Then prune and cover a little  bit with wood chips.   OR

Q:  Do I remove them and temporarily plant them in a MM wood box for the winter, covering with wood chips?  I would then replant them in the plastic containers in the spring with new compost.

Zone 8-9.  Few days of hard freeze each winter.  Thank you
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Post  quiltbea on 12/4/2013, 2:51 pm

I'm in zone 5 and we gets lots of snow during the winter, which is a good thing for gardens.  It blankets gardens from icy winds which are bad.
I always cover my strawberry plants with plenty of leaves and straw before the snows come.  They are always in good shape come spring.
I have Quinalt and Sequoia.
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Post  sanderson on 12/4/2013, 6:48 pm

QB, thank you.
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Post  yolos on 12/4/2013, 7:07 pm

@camprn wrote:this site may have answers for you.
http://strawberryplants.org/2010/05/growing-strawberries/
That is a great site.  Thanks Camprn.
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Post  sanderson on 12/4/2013, 7:12 pm

Camp,  You posted this link earlier in the topic.  I didn't see any advice regarding un-planting and replanting in containers.  The MM is my original "Kellogg" MM and I need to add HM compost before next spring.  Thanks
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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/4/2013, 7:41 pm

sanderson, I started my strawberries with an impulse purchase last year of tiny 2 plants from Home Depot. My limited experience with them has shown me that they grow like weeds no matter what I do, because now they are everywhere and jumping out of their bed. I've been giving away daughters right and left. I don't water or fertilize, but I do cover once the fruits start to keep the critters from eating them before I get to.

Can you experiment and try a few different methods of replanting and topping them off? My guess is they will all work. Very Happy 

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Post  camprn on 12/4/2013, 7:57 pm

@sanderson wrote:Camp,  You posted this link earlier in the topic.  I didn't see any advice regarding un-planting and replanting in containers.  The MM is my original "Kellogg" MM and I need to add HM compost before next spring.  Thanks
hmm. it's getting cold in your area? for how long? Your growing season is so foreign to me that I think my best advice is to consult your local Extension Service Ag agent for guidance on this, especially if you want fruit next season. OR you could just transplant them now and carry on.

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