Ask a Question forum: Planted some berries galore everbearing strawberries today

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Name: chuck
Western,N.C. (Zone 7b)
Mar 7, 2018 1:56 PM CST
My 1st try with strawberries, the web says they are perennial so does this mean I can leave them out all year, even through the winter? The web says they develope runners so I guess they will spread. I have placed black garden fabric around the plants, do I need to remove this so they runners can grow new plants.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 7, 2018 7:23 PM CST
Yes ! Yes ! Yes !
But ! Probably, protect over winter.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Mar 7, 2018 7:47 PM CST
They are hardy and should be fine without protection. I grow them here and they have no protection at all. You will need to remove the plastic from around them so they can produce runners and make more plants for you. If you want to make it harder for the weeds to grow around them put down some wood mulch. The strawberries will still be able to put out runners but it will be harder for the weeds to grow and easier to pull out the ones that do grow.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Mar 7, 2018 7:51 PM CST
Yes, strawberries are perennial.
The fabric would block new baby plants, yes. Maybe you could cut the fabric and pin the babies in place where you want them? You'l see them grow out on stems, similar to how spider plants (houseplants) do it.
I think just straw mulch or similar is enough protection
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