Well after a couple of years, I decided to remove the strawberries from the windowfarm. The crowns on them were getting very long and not sure how much longer they would survive. The crowns were growing pretty far out of the netpot. I took the plants out and broke them up and took some picture. Besides, I was getting a bit tired of them and want to try some new things.
As an experiment on how long plants will live in a WF, I would say they could live a long time. It kind of makes you rethink the meanings of annuals and perenials. I always thought berries die back in the fall like they do outside, but that is not the case inside.
In the beginning, the plants actually were in the middle of each netpot. Make sure you see the original post. As you can see, the crowns have grown 3-4 inches long. They were no longer very securly rooted.
Here are a couple of the crowns. There are the more woody portion of the plant. New growth forms on the end of them.
This chunk of the plant was taken off of the woody portion. The new leaves grow out of the center. New roots grow near the base of the newer growth. The older leaves form around the outside of the plant and eventually die. The older leaves I would cut off. As this cycle of new leaves and old leaves progresses the crown grows in length.
Strawberries need to be hand pollinated when indoor. Below is what they look like when you neglect them. The fruit gets deformed.
So long my berry…..
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