Transplanting runners to fill gaps left by flood-damaged plants

Strawberry    Central New Hampshire

I set out a new strawberry planting (100 new plants of Jewel) in late May according to the book, faithfully removed the blossoms, mulched the patch, and kept it well-weeded, but torrential rains of June and July waterlogged my usually very well-drained soil. Fully a third of my plants have died of root-rot, and quite a few others, though starting to recover, aren't much to brag about.

My questions: If I transplant surplus runners from the healthy plants into the bare spots in a week or two, will the transplants survive the winter (under mulch), and if they do, will they bear fruit next summer? Thanks for any help.

Posted by: Peg Boyles (3 points) Peg Boyles
Posted: August 2, 2013


With good watering practices and floating row covers this fall the transplants will have plenty of time to establish a strong root system before going dormant and with a little TLC will over Winter just fine. Next years' berry production I'm not so sure of, it'll depend on how well they establish before dormancy and if you think the plants are vigorous enough next year to be allowed to bloom and fruit.

Posted by: J.D. Archer (31 points) J.D. Archer
Posted: August 3, 2013

Peg Boyles commented,
Thanks, so much, J.D.! Hoping for a long, warm fall to let those babies root well and put on some strong growth.
almost 7 years ago.

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