In the past we have always pinned down the suckers in the strawberry bed itself but I am now reading that they should be put into individual pots. Does anybody know why? It surely cannot be just for ease of moving them as they could be lifted from the ground anyway.
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I think it is just for ease of moving them and less disturbance of the roots once they are established in the pots. I have now got three beds of strawberry plants from 10 plants we bought last year and they were barerooted. Nice strawberries - had four today
It is also so that they can sell you more when the ones in pots die from lack of water when you forget them
I didn't buy more, but they usually do die when I put them into pots, and thrive when they root themselves or I pin them down. I have one strawberry bed from the 10 plants I bought 5 years ago. I keep wondering if I should start a new one, but it is still doing better each year so I haven't.
I think 3-5 years is the length of time for a strawberry plants. I would be increasing the bed just in case, afterall I am sure you can never have too many srawberries
I've read somewhere that strawberry plants are best replaced after 3 years or so. Since the plants only seem to reach full productivity in their 2nd year (or at least mine did), that doesn't give them a very long productive life.
My plants are in troughs so there is nowhere for any suckers to spread to. Next spring I was planning to plant more seeds and then at the end of the season, dig up the old plants and put the new ones in their place.
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