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Member Name: barbie84
Advantages: dont have to pay shop prices for strawberries
We have 4 strawberry tubs in our garden, the tubs cost me £20 each, are cylindrical, about 4 foot tall and have large holes cut in them for you to plant your strawberry plants.
These pots are ideal as it stops pests eating your plants as you can put them on a table out of reach at night and can put them in direct sunlight during the day.
I keep my tubs in the greenhouse during the winter but put them outside in the sun from the end of may untill mid september.
You can buy strawberry plants relatively cheap to get you started, about £2 a plant from most garden centers and after that you will not have to buy any more plants. Although strawberry plants only tend to live for about 3 years they produce babies just like a spider plant does, these are on a stick that will be protruding away from the plant, once the babies have got a few leaves you can cut them off and put them in a pot but dont let them flower or fruit that year, to stop this cut any flowers or fruit off as soon as it appears, next year you will have a lovely strawberry plant.
Strawberrie plants get lovely white flowers on them which you dont need to remove unless it is blocking the light from your fruit.
Once your strawberries are red cut them off as if they are left too long they will begin to rot and rot the fruit around them.
You will get between 8 to 10oz of strawberries off each plant and can plant 16 plants in the planters i have used so you get a lovely yield of strawberries.
Summary: a beautiful plant which i can eat the fruit off aswell