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We bought this strawberry plant at a garden store in April. At the time of purchase it already had mix of strawberries that were green and a few already turning red so we already saw evidence of its productive potential. We were happy to be able to start reaping bright red strawberries πŸ“ from it only a few weeks after purchase.

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Shortly after reaping the delicious fruit we observed that there were a few runners projecting from the plant. We became a bit excited when we found out that these meant that we could have more strawberry plants from each of these runners.

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The runners kept on appearing and we tried to transfer them by cutting them and placing them in soil in separate containers. There were several of such runners that were placed in other pots but apparently they were separated from the main plant too early and they eventually died.
Thankfully more runners continue to appear from the main plant and we changed the approach to placing them in soil without disconnecting them from the main plant. After reaching a satisfactory growth size like the ones pictured below we cut the vine connecting both plants.

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It has been just six months since we bought the main plant and today we have ten other plants from the runners (some of them didn't survive). If this rate of expansion continues, and the plants survive, we'll have a hundred plants by the end of next year. Of course we are amateurs and this may actually be the only time the plants will reproduce at this rate so we'll keep watching it and see how it goes.At any rate we are looking forward to the next strawberry season where we'll be able to eat fruit from not one but all of ten strawberry πŸ“ plants.

What an awesome return on investment already; from one plant
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in six months.

One thing I've observed over these six months is that the effect of watering the plants with tap water and vs natural rain water is very different. I'm not sure why but when I look at them after a shower of rain, they look very different in a good way. Makes me wonder if watering them with tap water or even drinking water directly from the tap is really okay. What do you think?

Happy gardening everyone. Stay connected and stay safe.

If you are a strawberry lover or farmer and have some advice on how we can take better care of our plants, kindly drop a comment below.


All the pictures πŸ“· used in this post were taken using my android phone.



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You can measure how pure your water is. But generally without filtering tap water, I wouldn't drink it. Great haul from your plants. Hopefully you can get more crops.

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I should probably go find a filter soon.

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You did a great job, growing strawberries in pots an effective way to start small, successful for your work ✌

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I grow strawberries, but not good at it. It just keeps on multiplying and no signs of flowers or fruits for more than a year now. Maybe I'll just start selling potted strawberries instead XD

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That's probably a good idea to sell the potted strawberries that is if you have more than you need.

I wonder why they haven't produced any fruit. I'm sorry I don't have much advice on that as when we bought the mother plant it already had fruit on it so we were sure that it would be fruitful.

Who knows maybe you'll see some fruit in the next season.

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I did a search online and there's still a lot to fix in my garden, like removing runners, etc. I've been too lazy with the strawberries lately too hahaha

I'll try to give more priority by December time and see if I can see some blossoms thereafter.

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Great job with your berries. They look so good, that I just want to reach out and grab one. They are pretty health too, so I guess it's just the right climate and all:)

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πŸ˜† Thanks @millycf1976 much appreciated. If all goes well I'm hoping we'll never have to visit another strawberry farm again. Hopefully we'll be able to continue picking the berries from our balcony.!ALIVE

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πŸ˜ƒI love your post. Really good return on investment. I can imagine how great it would be getting berries from all those plants. It’s interesting getting β€œnew plants” from the runners.

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I can imagine how great it would be getting berries from all those plants.

I'm looking forward to it too.
It's amazing how the mother plant just keeps on putting out runners.

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Amazing. πŸ˜ƒ

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I wonder if @dmilliz and @missaj would be interested in starting their own mini strawberry πŸ“ garden.!ALIVE

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Me woulda love plant some yes. So far I bought basil and lemon thyme but the basil not doing so well. Might be the tap water.
Good investment there. Strawberries πŸ“ can
Be expensive.

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Basil and lemon thyme sounds great.

Will consider getting into some items that can be grown in the kitchen too. !ALIVE

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Strawberries are great, aren't they? Bit like EDS 😁

I bought six this summer and they are taking over the garden! Every so often I trim the runners, but they make them faster than I'm checking.

I boil our tap water and let it cool before I use it to water plants (or to drink). I tried a filter but the tea tasted awful afterwards πŸ˜‚

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!lol
Nice EDS reference. They truly keep on giving.

I honestly never thought I had to boil tap water until now. I hope I haven't been slowly destroying the plants and myself.

I have to check with @missaj and @dmilliz. Gents do you boil your tap water or use water filters?

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In the UK, you don't have to boil tap water - it is guaranteed as drinking water here - but I prefer the taste. For plants, boiling removes some elements like calcium (this depends on the geology where your drinking water comes from, we have a lot of chalk substrate here) and that helps to prevent mineral deposits on the plant pots. I don't think deposits are harmful and you may prefer the look of them (weathered).

I have a feeling that the pH of rain water is often different to tap water. In the UK, rain water is often softer and tap water harder.

gardening know-how: tap water vs rain water

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Thanks for sharing the link. It was an interesting read. Interestingly enough even here and in Jamaica we drink water from the tap and water plant with the same water. It was only after noticing the look of the plants after a shower of rain that the thought ran across my mind.!ALIVE

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Looks like you have some nice skills with the plants there !
!ALIVE

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