Strawberry Patch

nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)October 16, 2012

I have a small 4 x 4 strawberry patch that even produced a beautiful big bowl of fruit to pick on October 5th.

I'm wondering if anyone cleans up their patch by trimming down the plants. With the wet summers we've had, and then a hot and humid one, I was thinking a good cleanup to prevent fungus growth would be a good idea.

Would the plants survive? When I was a kid we had a huge strawberry patch and we never did anything to it, at least not that I'm aware of anyway.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I used to grow some but due to high maintenance I gave up.
Perhaps there is some low maintenance out there you're talking about? Oh...I do have some wild little one's.
I find for regular good production, new shoots should be planted because the main plant will give out after about 2 season.
You might be good to clean them out now or leave them alone till spring.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 12:35PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

Count me among the ones with totally carefree strawberry plants that get (and require) no maintenance. I have read that many people just mow their plants down every fall, so I see no reason you couldn't trim yours down, nutsaboutflowers.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 1:26PM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

Oops. I see I wrote 4x4 which some of you may have thought was a strawberry patch made out of 4x4 posts. I meant to put 4'x 4', so it's a small patch, and within an 8" cedar raised bed. Not much maintenance for a tiny spot.

I still haven't finished the rest of my fall cleanup and the forecast isn't looking good, so I guess the strawberry plants may or may not have to wait until spring. Good to know it probably doesn't matter one way or the other.

Thanks everyone for your input =:)

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 11:27PM
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