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4/13/11 11:02 A

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my strawberry plants from last yr r just starting to come to life.

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4/12/11 10:37 P

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I have my strawberries in two large flower pots and they seem to be thriving. They are blooming now. Last year I had an area of our yard cleared that had grown up in brush because we hadn't been able to get to it for trees that had fallen in the past ice storms. My husband was not able to clear it by that time and passed away last year. Some people who put the roof on my house cleared the area for me and would not take pay for it. They were wonderful people. But anyway, to make a long story short. I found about a 10' by 10 ' section that had grown up in strawberries. I am not sure how they got there and am supposing that they are wild unless my husband happened to throw some strawberries out there that had gone bad to see if the would grow.

Today I got some organic top soil and put around the strawberry plants and I hope to find out if they are wild or domestic. Some are blooming already and the leaves are quite large. Just in case, I am keeping my domestic strawberries well away from them as I don't want them to cross pollinate with them and revert to wild strawberries.

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4/12/11 9:32 P

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With the terracotta, you can place the pot in a shallow tray and add the water to the tray. The pot will soak the water into it. I tried a strawberry pot this year and my strawberries are looking great.

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4/12/11 12:23 P

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I was reading an article. They recommended filling a cardboard tube with pebbles or gravel. Then removing the cardboard tube.

They also had a good recommendation as I had never thought of it. Make sure your pvc pipe or whatever you choose to use is not directly over the drain, in the pot.

And if you choose to use a Terracotta pot. Soak it for an hour before filling so that it doesn't take the moisture out of the soil.

I so want to grow Strawberries now!

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4/6/11 12:43 P

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I had recently bought a strawberry jar for myself and one for my mom. Took the advice about the PVC pipe for watering and got them planted a few days ago. I'm hoping this will be a fun experiment this year. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Thanks for the article on Strawberries. I was considering getting some strawberry plants.

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3/27/11 7:25 P

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There are many scientific studies showing effects of PVC on the environment as well as human health. You can look here for answers to your questions. Should you want to look at a scientific study, there are some referenced on the fact sheet.
http://www.healthybuilding.net/pvc/facts
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In the future if you disagree with the content of someone's post, you might want to phrase your opposition a little more politely. I don't think that shouting is appropriate.

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I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'VE OBTAINED YOUR FACTS THAT PVC PIPE IS THAT BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, BUT IF IT IS WE ARE ALL IN BIG TROUBLE BECAUSE IT'S USED EXTENSIVILY IN THE WATER WORKS INDUSTRY, OF WHICH I'VE WORKED IN FOR 35 YEARS AND IT'S USE IS BEING INCORPORATED MORE ALL THE TIME. IT'S A FAR CRY BETTER THAN THE LEADED BRASS THAT'S BEEN USED FOR OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. THERE'S SUCH A SMALL, MINISCULE AMOUNT OF ANY BAD COMPOUND THAT WOULD BE LEACHED INTO THE GROUND OR WATER BY USE OF PVC PIPE. THERE'S NOTHING MAN MADE THAT DOESN'T CONTAMINATE SOMEWHAT, IT'S JUST BY HOW MUCH OR HOW LITTLE. I WOULDN'T HESITATE TO USE PVC, IT IS THE LESSER OF MOST CONTAMINATING EVILS.

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3/26/11 1:03 P

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I am growing them this year. I will let you know how it works. I grow other things in containers and they have worked great!

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3/22/11 11:57 A

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Thanks coach, I printed this article. emoticon

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Here's a primer on growing strawberries:
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I grow mine in a planting bed. Remember that they'll take a couple years or so before they start producing (that was news to me when I first planted them hehe!).

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yeah, maybe stainless would work, but then I have to figure out how to drill the holes! Might be harder...
Thanks for the help. I will definitely try this out...with some sort of material.

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If you could find a tube made out of an acceptable metal that should work. Oh I forgot, you can fill the tube with small gravel to keep soil from filling it up.

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Thanks. I have heard of that, but I am hesitant to use pvc as it is bad for the environment and human health. I have heard of using a cardboard tube as well, but it seems that would degrade too much if I have the strawberry planter for longer than a year.
I wonder if I can find an environmentally friendlier tubing than pvc that can be used?

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Get a piece of pcv pipe (1 inch in diameter will work) the length of the height of the container and drill holes around it. Set in the middle of the jar as you fill it. Water thr4ough the pipe. It will let water go through the holes you drilled into the pipe and get water4 dstributed more evenly through the soil.

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Has anyone grown strawberries in a container before? I bought a terracotta planter yesterday and have ordered some alpine plants.
I have heard people have had mixed results. Does anyone have any tips for making mine grow well?

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