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May 01, 2009

Strawberry FAQs

Strawberries Tucking in to delicious home-grown strawberries is one of summer's true pleasures! Get a great crop with a little help from these FAQs... 

What will I receive?
You'll receive 24 bare root strawberries, which is the perfect number to grow on the accompanying three-tier planter.


What should I do when they arrive?
Carefully remove the plants from their packaging. Please note that when plants in leaf are contained within a dark box, even for a short period, some discolouring of the foliage may take place. This is nothing to be alarmed about, as the plants will quickly recover.

Your strawberry runners (bare root plants) have already been lifted, trimmed and cold-store-treated to provide the best results.


When will the plants start producing fruit?
Depending on the weather, your strawberry plants should start producing fruit around 6-8 weeks after planting.


How many strawberries will I get?
On average, each bare root plant should produce between 100g-200g (3.5oz - 7oz) of fruit and up to 500g (17.6oz) each in the second year.


Can I plant them outside straight away?
Yes, you can bare root plants straight into the three-tier planter and place them outside.


How can they be planted?
The three-tier planter, which comes with the kit, is the perfect container for growing your strawberries. The planter can be heavy when planted up, so we suggest choosing a permanent site in a sheltered but sunny position. The kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions.


What compost/soil is best to use?
Choosing the correct compost mixture is very important. The ideal compost mixture will retain water and nutrients for a long period but without becoming water-logged through overwatering. The mixture should consist of two-thirds compost and one-third coarse grit.


What fertiliser should I use?
The kit comes with 80g fertiliser and we'd recommend adding the entire fertiliser sachet when you're mixing the compost.  The fertiliser is slow release and will provide long-term nutrition for your plants. 

Also, feed your plants with a high potash fertiliser as soon as the first flowers appear. High potash fertiliser can boost your crop, although plenty of water and sun will usually be sufficient.


What's the best position to plant these strawberry bare roots?
The planter can be heavy when planted up, so we suggest choosing a permanent site in a sheltered but sunny position.


How often do they need watering?
Strawberries need a steady amount of water until they're established. However, take care not to overwater them.
 

Which way up should I put them in the ground?
The long hair-like roots go into the compost.

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Hi Richard
Last winter I lost quite a few of my 'irresistable'strawberry plants ordered from you.This Spring while re-potting the remainder,I noticed a lot of white maggots (about a quarter inch long) in the soil and roots.Could you please advice me if it happens again what I could use as a drench without harming the strawberries that are ok?
Thank you so much
Enjoy your programmes very much.
regards
Jean

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Richard

I also ordered the irresisable strawberry plants with basket and all but one have produced lots of growth, flowers and strawberries. However I have noticed two long thin stems with 2/3 leaves on the end, I think these are runners. Looked on the internet and it said when you have about 4 leaves cut them off and plant them. Can you let me know how I do this please, will putting the bare stalk in compost work or should I be doing something else.

Many thanks

Kathleen Soanes

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Hello Richard
I am a first time Strawberry grower. I got the 'Irrestible' early on in the season from your show on QVC. They are now well on with the fruit showing. I have long thin shoots coming from them (I presume these are runners) Do I cut these off and plant them or do I remember you saying at one time that the first year I shouldn't plant these. Will my strawberry plants (planted in grow bags by the way) come again next year and what do I need to do after they have finished fruiting this year?

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With regard to the four Hibiscus plants (the large flowered ones) I planted them up within days of receiving them, following Richard's advice about pot size, etc. So far only one has come through, there is no sign of the other three. My neighbour also has only two through and two non appearance. Have you any advice please?

Carole Loxley

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Hiya Richard

This is the first time I have tried to grow anything and I really liked the look of your 3 tiered planter. Everything was going okay, they grew, flowers developed and then the fruit started to grow but now they seem to be dying. 2 Plants have practically died off and I don't know if it's underwatering, overwatering or pests. Some of the leaves have discoloured patches on them and others look nibbled. I have taken a couple of pictures but I'm not sure how to get them to you.
Please help!!!

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Hi Richard,
I ordered this season the Irresisable Strawberry plants with basket. I only lost about four plants and have been so pleased with the crop that we got. Can you please advise me on how I over winter them. Do I have to take the plants out and dry them off and re-plant next year or do I just leave them in there baskets.
Many thanks
Tracey

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Hi Richard,
This year we tried to plant our strawberries in one of those topsy turvy creations. Our plants all look great they are quite healthy. Unfortunately we have no berries. The plants have great leaves but it also has long offshoots about 2-3 feet long. The plants actually look like a vine type plant. Any ideas of what could be the issue?
Thanks

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Hi Richard
I ordered Red Gauntlet Strawberries in May and planted in my Strawberry Planter which I cleaned out filled with Multi-purpose compost and John Innes mix. The plants have great leaves and long runners about 2-3 feet long but as yet no flowers or fruit.
Any ideas what the problem is. I bought a second lot from QVC in June but they all died QVC have replaced and I have just plant out today 15/08/10.
Can you also tell me what to do with the runners and how I can overwinter the plants - I always seen to loose them
Many Thanks.

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