Strawberry plant storage

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  1. Letsgokate

    Letsgokate Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    I have a heap of strawberry plants in a bed and I want to move them/store them. I read somewhere that you can store the bare rooted strawberry plants in the freezer, is this correct, how do I go about that?

    So the idea is I want to pull the plants out and keep/store the bare rooted plants until planting later in the year. What is the best way to go about that?

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    Anyone have any advice or suggestions, I still have a load of strawberry plants to do something with.
     
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    I've known of storing in the fridge for extended periods bare rooted and rolled in wet paper.
    Try some done up the same way or rolled with sawdust then paper and test freezer storage.
    If when you take them out after a week if the crowns turn slimey as they thaw, you know it was the wrong way.
    Try 3-4 plants to a toilet roll packed in sawdust then wet newspaper. Try the same packing method in the bottom of your fridge.
     
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    Thanks I'll look into it all and experiment. :) Thanks for taking the time to reply while you are in hospital, much appreciated. :)
     
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    Could you place shade cloth over them and keep in the bed? They might send out runners that you can plant next season.
     
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    That might turn out to be the best way, Mark.
     
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    This is actually where they are growing under some shade cloth in a bed. The runners are already going crazy and they are taking over 2 beds. What you suggested @Mark was what I had decided to do :) so they can stay there until I get the new spot sorted.
     
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    Runners are great! Mine haven't produced runners yet... I'm a bit worried they'll die before producing new stock.
     
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    Well if they don't @Mark you are welcome to come and get some of mine as I won't be transplanting all of them. Nice strawberries too :)
     
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    Some new genetic material has been designed to not produce runners.
     
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    I seem to recall seeing strawberries at bunnings where they keep the bulbs- usually inside where the indoor plants are.

    Could have been some other type of berry, but its been a while since I've been in there. I'll have a look next time, I do remember being surprised that it was just a bunch of dry roots.
     
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