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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Prop­a­gat­ing straw­ber­ries IF you want more straw­ber­ries for next sea­son, check your ex­ist­ing plants, look­ing for the run­ners formed around them, which are po­ten­tial new plants.

Re­move any which look tired and un­healthy and leave enough for the num­ber of ex­tra plants you need.

To give the new plant its best chance, peg down the run­ner us­ing a U-shaped piece of wire and im­prove the soil beneath the mini plant on the run­ner. The best way, al­though it is fid­dly, is to peg the run­ner into a small pot of com­post which you then put into the ground. It makes it eas­ier to lift the plant later on.

Once the new plant has formed a good root sys­tem, cut it off from the par­ent plant and then plant it out.

You should soon have a big­ger glut of straw­ber­ries in the new sea­son.

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