Return to the Fruit & Orchards Forum | Post a Follow-Up

life of strawberry plant

Posted by darobi2459 5 (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 1, 13 at 23:07

How long do strawberries produce well for? I hears about 3 - 4 years.....just wondering if I should start planting up these runners I got to switch out.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: life of strawberry plant

every year I plant the runners that way I always have fresh plants going for the next year

RE: life of strawberry plant

Strawberries will probably last forever if you keep planting new runners and fertilize and cultivate the soil well. I got 40 new plants last year that I had propagated from one single 3-year old plant, and they are all healthy and productive this year. Even overwintered them under a thin layer of straw which was then covered by a couple feet of snow, and every single one of them survived the Zone 5 winter. This fall or next, when the leaves turn red, I will very carefully yank them all out including the runners that took, working into the soil some fresh compost and nitrogen, then replant the strongest ones, cover with straw, and thus renew the strawberry patch entirely every year or two. That is the plan. If I had more space in my yard I could move them to a new area each fall in much the same way. I do figure they'll probably last for 2 years each cycle before the soil is depleted to the point of having to pull them all and sort of start from scratch again. Except you're never really starting from scratch, you're just supplementing the soil then replanting the same plants (including new runners) every time.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Fruit & Orchards Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here