Marty Ware here, yet again from the Potted Vegetable Garden on the sunny Gold Coast in Queensland Australia and today we are discussing Peat Pots and Balcony Strawberries.
If you have grown Strawberries before, then you would know that each year they throw out suckers on a long string like vine. This vine keeps on growing for sometimes up to five plants long, and each plant that is attached can finally become a mature fruit producer.
In a normal garden setting we would just let them run a long the ground and throw roots, but in a container, they either need to reach another container, or have a peat pot attached.
Each Peat pot is encased in a little sack and can be attached by gardening twine like you can see in the photo's. To get the best and quickest results you can add a dash of rooting hormone or brush on a bit of honey, the roots will strike faster!
To be honest I don't worry about that, I just soak the Peat pots for about ten minutes and tie them up with the gardening twine. It takes a little bit at first to get the hang of it, but once you wrap up one or two, you will get it!
You may also want to invest in a little spray bottle and each morning give them spray. You may even want to add a weak solution of seaweed mix such as Seasol, to bring out optimum health. It's like a little mineral vitamin pill for them!
The other option is to add a vertical plastic bottle tower, such as I have, to also give your Strawberry Runners a permanent home.
The other plants left over, once they throw roots and have filled the Peat pots can be placed in other containers, given to friends or go out into the garden.
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Marty & Karin Ware