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Is it too late to transplant plant rooted strawberry runners in P

Posted by fernwoods 5 - PA (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 26, 09 at 13:03

Also is it too late to transplant strawberry plants that are more established that already grew from runners?
My strawberries got so many runners that I could not possibly keep up trying to cut them off & I gave up.
Now I learned that they should be mowed, or cut to 1" tall in my raised bed.
As I am doing this, I end up with many rooted runners.
Am I wasting my time to plant these rooted runners in another bed since the first frost could be at any time?
Do you have any advise about how long the roots need to be, for them to survive now?
My plants that are growing are closer than 4".
Should I transplant them now so I can get strawberries next spring, or should I wait until spring to transplant them and then pick the blossoms next spring?
Thanks for any advise you can give on handling strawberries that had tons of leaves and runners, but not that many blossoms. (This may be because the beds were made last fall with 1/3 mushroom compost.)
Karen in PA

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RE: Is it too late to transplant plant rooted strawberry runners

Strawberries are very frost hardy, so the transplants should not be adversly affected by a frost and you will still have 6 to 8 weeks for them to establish themselves in a new bed before really cold weather slows that growth to almost nothing. However, even when top growth slows to almost nothing the plants roots keep on for several weeks more. Transplanting now would give you 6 months head start in that new bed.

RE: Is it too late to transplant plant rooted strawberry runners

Fernwoods, I second your notion. I just finished doing what you have in mind, moving my excess runners to a nearby 6" raised bed. Did this successfully in Zone 5/MI Oct 1. I prune all leaves except the smallest, plant, water well and lightly scatter straw about. After a frost, I plan to 'plasticize' the bed. Early in the spring, I will foliar feed twice and wait for the feast. Would suggest thinning out any 'unmoved' runners, so the remainder are able to produce their best. Good luck!

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