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    Default Strawberries from seed

    Hi,

    I have set up 6 beds this year for Strawberries and have been looking in the catalogues etc to try and find a supplier. I was horrified at the cost as I will be needing about 150. Most of them wanted around a 1 a plant!!!!

    Has anyone had any luck growing them from seed? Or know how long from sowing they are likely to start producing fruit. Any advice would be greatly welcomed as I've only ever bought the plants.
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    Emma with every strawberry plant throwing out runners they soon multiply. I'm not sure how many plants I now have (it's alot) but last year I gave away well over 100 runners as well as keeping enough for myself to make two more twenty odd foot rows. I started with a couple of dozen. I can send you some runners this autumn if you like.
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    Emma,

    Marshalls (I think) usually ahve an offer on of 50 pegasus strawbs for 20 or there abouts. Not sure what they are like but it's advertisesd as for the large garden/allotment. But it's LIke LJ says they thro loads of runners so if you bought about a 1/3 of waht you need & root runners every year you'll have a continuous supply, otherwise in 3-4 years time you'll be in the same position unless you plan on having acres of them!
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    I have been growing a lot, but however many I grow there never seems to be enough. I really want to be able to make jam and to freeze dry them to put ontop of homemade musuli. But the children or the slugs get to them first. I think I've got the slugs under control but I can't tell the children not to eat them and they can eat a lot of strawberries!!!! Especially in the summer when we are up there everyday. I figured that even if I grow too many there are loads of people willing to take them. I would just like to fill my lovelly beds I've prepared. I've spent so much on getting a greenhouse and some fruit tree's I'm looking for the cheapest option.

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    CHeapest option would be to ask around to see if someone up there has a any spare runners rooted then top up with some bought ones & root your own this year.
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    Default strawberries from seed.

    Hi Emma,
    I sowed a full packet of strawberry seed on 3 March and so far not a sign of them germinating. Don't know how long they are supposed to take as I bought them in Spain and can't read spanish, but will let you know if I have any luck.

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    I would go for twenty runners, each will throw 1-3 runners this year and you will then have 60 plants - you need to have patience on this. Seed takes an age to germinate and needs a constant heat at this time of year.
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    In one of the seed catalogues it says to sow in January at 20c, keep moist and germination takes a few weeks.
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