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    Quote Originally Posted by burnie View Post
    I shall be replacing my Strawberry bed for next season, I have Cambridge Favourites now and will have a few runners from them, but I want to have a couple more varieties for outside, any recommendations? Flavour is the key thing for me.
    Sorry, next year I could give you an answer, my six each of Korona, Mariguette, Christine, Symphony, Cupid, Marshmello, Flamenco, Cambridge favourite were only first year last year so not enough output to give a fair answer. What would say is the early Christine are nearly flowering vs the latter ones that are no where near so hopefully one will fruit when this years fortnight of summer comes
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    Had the first ripe strawberries yesterday

    Just the two fruits, but it's a start, and a real taste of summer.

    These were the Korona variety, plants bought from Lidl.
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    I harvested my first few strawberries today. Do strawberries need bees for pollination? Iíd like to cover mine to keep the birds off, but the only netting I have thatís big enough is quite a fine mesh, too fine for bees.

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    I grow my strawberries in towers as I'm very limited in garden space. Watering is from the centre of the tower using irrigation tubing with extra drippers added. I have no idea what type of strawberries I have as they were just listed as 'strawberries' at my local nursery. As soon as I have figured out how to upload pictures from my mobile phone I will post pictures of my towers

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    Still growing my strawberry plant. A few flowers have developed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnie View Post
    My Mara Des Bois are flowering, I go round with a small paintbrush pollinating them whilst buzzing like a Bee, my Grandsons asked why, I said the plants might be listening, probably confirmed to them that their Grandad is slightly nuts(I said slightly).
    That sounds like a plan- as a complete newbie how do I go about pollinating? I've 3 plants and plenty of flowers- they're in the greenhouse so suppose the bees won't be there to do their stuff.cheers GG

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    I'm pretty sure strawberries self-pollinate, much like tomatoes and chillies. They are self-fertile, with flowers that have both male and female parts.

    It's possible that indoor grown strawberries might benefit from some help, but this could be an occasional gentle tickle or shake of the whole plant to dislodge some pollen, the same way as some people gently shake or tap their tomato or chilli pots and tubs. Don't think there's need for anything else

    Outdoor plants are likely to self-pollinate themselves quite happily, stimulated by both breeze and pollinating insects.

    By contrast, courgettes etc have two different flowers, male and female, and will always need some sort of pollination, whether it's insects or with manual help, especially early season.

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    2018 Strawberries.-img_1945.jpg2018 Strawberries.-img_1944.jpg

    Have plenty flowers on my strawberries, but noticed a couple of them are being chewed by something, even after I put straw around them. My strawberries are usually one of my plants that escapes the pests. Any ideas wha it is and how to protect them? They are just in a raised bed outside.

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