ANOTHER BERRY TIDY-UP
Ruth tidies up her strawbs for the final time this year
If your strawbs have put on more growth
ITHOUGHT I had already given my strawberries all the tidying up they needed, but a warm and wet early autumn has prompted them to put on lots more growth.
They have even produced flowers and have a couple of berries as well, though these won’t ripen now.
Now is the time to give your strawberries a final tidy up. Start by removing any flowers and unripened berries as these will rot, giving pests and diseases an easy entry point. Also remove excess runners as these will take energy from the main plant. Back in the summer I pinned a few sprouting runners into pots of compost. They have taken and are ready to cut from the parent plant and overwinter in an unheated greenhouse. Several of my plants also sent out runners that have rooted naturally in the bed. I am leaving most of these and will cut them free next spring to create new plants that will replace the old ones when the time is right.
Tidy up strawberries by removing old leaves and unwanted runners It is too late for berries to mature and ripen
These runners have rooted naturally