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Planting some strawberry runners this spring, I have read its better to remove the flowers this year in order to get better yield next year,is this a good pratice?also can runners be propagated from newly planted strawberries this year? and finally is it necessary to prune this years runners in August if flowers were removed for better crop next year.
nephin, Ballyvary, Co Mayo Posted: 20/01/2012
Plant strawberry runners right away if the soil conditions are good. They can be planted from August onwards.
Don't bother taking off the flower trusses ...take whatever fruit you can get.
In a home garden size of yield is a secondary issue.
If the young plants are strong enough, they might produce a few runners and these can be rooted if preferred.
Unwanted runners should be cut away from June.