strawberry gardening

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Old 05-21-02, 02:15 PM
betty baldwin
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strawberry gardening

I have a small strawberry garden. Last year i had a lot of plants, however this year I only have afew. What would of killed them off. We didn't have much snow this year. Could this be the problem. Or do the plants die after so many years. This is the third season. Thanking you for information
 
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Old 05-21-02, 06:14 PM
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Betty,
You are correct, the 'mother' plants of perennial strawberries do become weaker with age. It's usually best to have two beds, soy ou can transplant new runner plants every few years in a fresh bed.
I had a similar situatin this year: 2 yr old plants were smaller and had smaller berries than the 'new' transplants of last year.
Sort of like mums, the older plant may eventually succumb. Newer stock from the outside edge of the old plant should be removed for transplanting.
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