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    nick the grief is offline Gardening Guru
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    andrewo is offline Cropper
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    I woudl leave them for another week or so but get some runner, just to be on the safe side, I am throwing out some strawberry plants - older than three years and I could strip them back and send them on as dry runners.
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    cotton54321 is offline Sprouter
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    I am on my second try of growing from seed mainly out of curiosity than need as I already have planted my strawberry bed. However, as everyone else has mentioned it is really tedious and not very fruitful (no pun intended!)
    Germination and survival is very hit and miss and I am just going to have to take runners for more plants I think

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    bramble is online now Gardening Guru
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    My strawberry seeds have germinated but they are so tiny i cannot see them doing anything this year. Bite the bullet and buy strawberry plants. They were selling them in Aldi's at the weekend. 6 plants for 6euro. 99 cents.

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    WiZeR is offline Tuber
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    I've been meaning to look this up and keep forgetting, so forgive me for being lazy.

    I take it that Strawberries are perennial ? I bought 3 strawberry roots from Wilko at the weekend and have planted them in an unused part of the plot as I hadn't done my research and didnt know if they needed a permenant home. Like Emma I want to grow masses of them which from reading above wont happen with just 3 roots.

    Can stawberries, rhubarb and something like comfrey all exist in the same bed? I'd idealy like all my permenent stuff together.

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    Strawberries are perennial but some people replace them after 3 or 4 years as they can lose their vigour ( I don't, I just add a few more).You can increase your plants by growing the runners which will form from your permanent plants, long shoots with a few tiny leaves on the end will grow out of your original & you either peg them down into the ground or into a pot leaving them attached to the parent plant until roots have formed then detaching them.I would think rhubarb, strawberries & comfrey would all be O.K. together as long as you don't plant them too close, the rhubarb could shade your strawberries too much as could the large comfrey leaves.
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    Janette is offline Germinator
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    I have grown some strawberries from seeds for the first time. Started them off in the Autumn and they look like very small runners at the moment. I have 12 plants from one packet of seeds so that is about a 50% success rate. Not sure if they will fruit this year but I will let you know.

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    xspye is offline Seedling
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    I too looked at the amount of plants i needed and gulped at the cost!! Having grown strawberrys that don't produce runners and found them excellent i brought a load of seeds. I planted them in feb and left on a sunny window sil inside and now have seedlings about 2cm in height with 4-6 leaves. They are very small so I'm convinved that i won't get a crop this year but am hopeful for next. I planted several seeds in each pot and majority have germinated.

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