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by phoenix on August 02, 2005 02:02 AM
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My question is...should I snip off the runners of my plant if it's being grown in a container?

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by LMT on August 02, 2005 03:28 AM
I'm guessing yes. They are looking for soil to root in and spread so I doubt they're helpful in berry production.

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by phoenix on August 02, 2005 03:29 AM
Thank you LMT,
That's what I thought. I just didn't want to go ahead and do it without a second opinion.

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by phoenix on August 02, 2005 03:30 AM
There are about 5 of them.

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by Meg on August 02, 2005 04:02 AM
This is good to know, cuz I have a big pot that I put some in, and they just sent out a few runners as well. Thanks Pheonix! [wayey]

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by obywan59 on August 02, 2005 04:30 AM
Actually Phoenix, strawberry plants will grow and produce for 3 to 4 years, so if you plan on growing them for longer than one season, you should leave the vines on as then you will get more fruit next year.
Here's a link with a bit of information on growing in containers, especially hanging pots.
http://www.gardening-guides.com/article%20pages/vegetable-gardening/fruits/berries/hanging-plant-strawberry.htm

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by phoenix on August 02, 2005 04:35 AM
OH MY GOSH [shocked] Thanks Terry,
I almost clipped them off good thing i waited.
I hope Meg waited [scaredy]
Good to hear from you [grin]
Thanks again [thumb]

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by Meg on August 02, 2005 06:24 AM
Guess it's a good thing it's too hot outside & I went to take a nap instead! LOL. Thanks obywan. [Wink]

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by Bestofour on March 16, 2006 09:02 AM
I bought 2 round containers that are about 34 inches round that I'm planning on planting strawberries in. They are about 12 inches deep. Is this going to be deep enough? Do I put them out after the danger of frost is over?

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by Triss on March 16, 2006 09:08 AM
Sheri, I think they will be great. I am planning on 3 hanging baskets and they are not super deep, but I want them hanging to the runners can trail. Show us pics once you get yours set up. I will do the same.

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by Bestofour on March 16, 2006 09:11 AM
When are you going to put yours out?

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by Triss on March 16, 2006 09:34 AM
I dunno, soon as I get some money. I saw the baskets I want (will get 3, maybe 4) and also the boxes of 10 Strawberry plants (will get 2 of those). I even have a place to hang them and am going to put up a spinning hook to the one already out there so I can move them around so they all get the sun. Just a matter of money now. But we are a lot closer to spring than you are.

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by Deborah L. on March 16, 2006 09:45 AM
I grow Quinalt strawberries in a strawberry jar.
Quinalts will set fruit on the runners, so if you're growing Quinalts you don't need to clip them.
By the way, watering the jar is so hard ! It dries out so quickly. But I guess my plants are happy, I get lots of fruit. [nutz]
I bought the jar pre-planted so I couldn't do the PVC pipe thing for watering.

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by Bestofour on March 16, 2006 10:09 AM
Thanks for the info.

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by Triss on March 16, 2006 10:44 AM
What is the PVC pipe thing???

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by Deborah L. on March 16, 2006 11:37 AM
You're welcome, Bestofour.
Triss, the PVC pipe thing is having an empty pocket jar, and before filling and planting, to stand PVC pipe, drilled every 2 inches, inside the pot. Then when you water, the water goes through the holes and waters the pockets.

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by Triss on March 16, 2006 12:47 PM
That is an awesome idea. What is a "pocket jar"?

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by Deborah L. on March 16, 2006 01:02 PM
You've seen the pots, about 2 feet tall, rounded, with pockets all around the sides and the large opening on top? They are actually called "ollas". Olla, pronounced "oy-ya" is Spanish for "jar".
Most people plant ollas, or pocket pots, with either strawberries or herbs. I like both.
I can't take credit for the PVC pipe idea-I saw it on a gardening show years ago ! Thanks though ! : ) Does anyone have a picture of a pocket pot that you could put in here for Triss to see?

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by Triss on March 16, 2006 01:35 PM
Ok, I know what that is. I just call it a strawberry pot [Big Grin] I am planning on a couple of them, one for strawberries and one with herbs. Will use the PVC for sure!

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by Patty S on March 16, 2006 04:23 PM
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Originally posted by phoenix:
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My question is...should I snip off the runners of my plant if it's being grown in a container?

Here is a recent thread about Strawberry pots and towers that might answer a lot of the things you might be wondering about planting & raising Strawberries in containers.

I hope you all have fun with the various things you're growing Strawberries in this year! (The most important thing to remember when doing them in containers, is to KEEP THEM WATERED... especially if you have hot summers.)

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by Deborah L. on March 17, 2006 03:45 AM
Triss, the PVC should be lower then the rim of the jar, so you don't see the top of it sticking up. You can plant a strawberry on each side of the pipe to fill in the top. Or two plants of your choice.
I had a look at your website-beautiful family !
Patty, thanks for the thread on strawberry culture !

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by Triss on March 17, 2006 04:01 AM
Thanks for that Deborah. I will take pics as I go once I get to that point. Will be great to see here for others who want to do it.

And thank you for the compliment on my family.

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by Bestofour on March 18, 2006 08:50 AM
I call them strawberry pots too. And they are difficult to keep watered. Last year I put pansys in mine and it was beautiful. I've put dianthus, petunias and begonias in it before. I'm gonna try the PVC thing too.

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by Triss on March 18, 2006 12:56 PM
I bet those were pretty Sheri! I may have to get a bunch of them.

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by Deborah L. on March 19, 2006 08:01 AM
I couldn't resist and bought another strawberry jar today, preplanted with various herbs. I was happy to see that my favorite herb, sweet marjoram, was in it.
Because it's already planted I can't do the PVC pipe thing - again !
I chose carefully so as not to get a jar with mint. Mint would overtake everything else.
Also treated myself to a dwarf Valencia orange tree ! What a nice day !
[flower]

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by Bestofour on March 19, 2006 08:08 AM
Patty, yours was the post I was looking for to tell about my new strawberry containers. Your post gave me the idea of planting them in big containers instead of in the ground. For some reason when I did the search your post didn't come up. I would like to put some in window boxes. What do you think?

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by Triss on March 20, 2006 12:40 PM
Sounds nice Deborah. I wonder if there is a way to push the PVC down into the container and somehow scoop out the dirt as you go down, like with a coat hanger or something????

Bet it would work well Sheri!

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by Deborah L. on March 24, 2006 10:54 AM
I'd be scared to disturb the plants, they're pretty well established.

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