First strawberry of the winter season

First backyard strawberry with a decent size that hasn't been ravaged by helix aspersa.
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  • I agree, we've had strawberries popping up where there were no strawberries before so they likely sprouted from seed. And I've germinated seeds in the past, just for fun. But I've read that most strawberries don't grow true to type from seed as they're usually hybrids. Elaine's wicking pot/box idea is great for pepinos too. She's the one who gave me the idea.

  • OK, interesting. I guess I've just pulled them out without noticing. Elaine, thanks for the idea. I plan to have a go at making at least one wicking pot in the next week or two. I understand why sand and gravel don't work, but don't the potting mix or wood chips rot in the bottom of the pot? Is that OK? I'm thinking of maybe making a blend of gravel (for bulk) and string/rags (for wicking). If structured right that shouldn't go smelly and should provide wicking all the way from the bottom of the pot to the potting mix, I think.

  • The odd one has turned up where no Strawberries were planted so I guess that they grew from seed.

  • LIssa, I have grown some plants from seed a number of times. They grew quite well. I always thought growing from runners was the way to go...but these plants popped up. I bought the seeds though, so not sure what prep they had beforehand.

  • Not if you make decent wicking pots and insulate the sunny side to keep the roots cool. Mulching too is a help. Have a water reservoir of around 200mm to keep enough moisture for a decent-sized plant to grow. There are many variations on the theme and you can use anything that grabs you to keep the water in: the potting mix, coarse coir, wood chips being the favourites. Sand and gravel does not allow for capilliary action.

  • I'm very interested in the idea of vines in pots. Someone on here posted about having success with jicama grown in a pot. I have a few patches of dead space that don't have any soil but have plenty of sunshine. The trouble is that you can go away for a week and come back to dead plants.

  • No idea about the strawberry seed/frozen theory. That would need a bit of research. I thought strawberry "seed" wasn't viable.

    In the vein of growing stuff in pots, I've just redone all the pots on my front porch, both hanging and tubs...I got sick of watering the non-productive plants I've been carefully nurturing for a decade, and have replaced them with things like Cocoyams, Purple Yam, Tahitian Spinach and put herbs and lettuce into the hanging baskets with some added water crystals.

    Perhaps if I find the time to water them more often through summer they might do ok. The big pots should do fine. I'm trying to keep the different Taro type plants in a spot where I can keep an eye on them and learn a bit more about them.

  • Well, since this thread seems to be the definitive strawberry thread, and it's been revived, I'll add my own story. I'm growing Redland Joy in hanging bags as sold on Greenharvest. They hang out the front of the house, which faces due east, so they get sun up to about midday and then full shade. I'm getting my second blush of fruit now. In late winter I get a run of fruit that lasts until September, then it slows down considerably. Then I remember that as the days get longer I need to water them twice a day instead of once, and as soon as I start doing that they produce again.

    If I am really good with the fertiliser (chook poo pellets, worm juice, seasol) and watering then they are absolutely delicious and unlike anything that you get from the shops. At their best, I find that Redland Joy taste and smell like strawberry jam. Generally, though, they are not at their best. The more I do it the more I find growing veges in pots to be just an inefficient method of hydroponics (herbs are a different story). I'm thinking of planting my strawberries in the ground next year, or maybe not at all. And to totally contradict that, so the reason I have never got a strawberry to pop up from the compost, despite eating loads of them, is that the seeds need to be frozen first?

  • Hi Michael, they look good year after year but they don't taste anywhere as good. There's still no light at the end of the tunnel for me when it comes to growing sweet strawberries.

  • Trialling liquid feeds weekly - alternating with Potash, Worm liquid, Comfrey tea, Weed tea, Compost tea, Seaweed. Reckon that's why I've never got a really good crop, starts season with bigg'uns then they run out of nutrients (and water).

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