Multiplying strawberry plants

A couple months ago, I planted some of the runners that had sprouted from the strawberry plants. Shortly after, I started my long summer pause from the blog, and so I hadn’t yet shared these pictures with you.

Runners are horizontal stems that sprout from strawberry plants, at some points those steams grow like a small plant as you can see in the picture below.

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When planted upon soil, these small plants grow roots and become another strawberry plant.

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For some weeks, we had this puzzle of strawberry plants, all connected!

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More runners have been appearing but I haven’t grown all of them because I couldn’t end up with 20 strawberry plants! However, today I have seen one more runner… so maybe I’ll plant one more!

What has me surprised is that the plants keep flowering and producing strawberries but like one every two weeks or so. Which is very funny because I am like “oh nice, a strawberry!” and I just eat it. I have been meaning to look it up, to know until when the plants are supposed to keep producing but I haven’t yet, I’ll be sure to tell you when I find that out 😉

Have a nice start of September!

Jara

PS: Maybe you want to see when I planted them or when we first picked some strawberries!

 

The fruity balcony

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After days of lust-watching the white flowers turn into green strawberries… about five days ago we were able to pick the first one! We were so excited… You should have seen us, sharing ONE small strawberry among two, and then go like “ohh this is so good, so much tastier than the one’s we buy!” because guys…I swear: it was sooo much tastier! 🙂

After the small tasting, the rest of the strawberries did not take much long though and yesterday we were able to pick up this “bunch” you see on the picture. Not a lot, but at least more than one per each of us haha

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Tomatoes are taking a little bit longer… and are still looking super green… on the bright side though, there are lots of them, so when they mature we’ll have plenty! 🙂

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PS: Wanna see the planting of the tomatoes or the strawberries?

Planting strawberries

Last Sunday my mum told me she had seen they had started selling strawberry plants on the garden centre and I have been all week impatient to go. So today I was trilled to get home with five baby plants and the pertinent pots.

According to my research, which I’ll be sharing soon in the form of a plant file, strawberry plants have shallow roots and can live in fairly small pots. After looking all the available containers in the garden centre, just to drive my boyfriend Sergi crazy – “cannot you just choose already” –  I settled for three small round pots and a small window box.

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If you are wondering about the canes… they are for the peas, that apparently need some support where they can climb, but that I’ll explain in another post.

I think I am growing into this you know? Today filling the pots and settling the baby plants was quick and easy, whereas the firsts times I was so slow and doubtful. I know this can sound  silly but to me is a great achievement! 
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I have been careful on the height of the compost because, they say it’s very important that the pointy red “crown” is right at the limit of the compost, not too high not too low.IMG_1491

In the end I have put three plants on the window box and two on separate small pots so I have a spare small pot. It will be useful when the plants grow to try and make a new plant from one of the run-outs of one plant.

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And here I am happy with all my veggies!
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Hope you’ve had a nice Saturday too!

Jara