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GillyHen

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Cold Frames
« on: March 16, 2009, 23:02 »
Would strawberries benefit from being under a cold frame over the summer? I have discovered three strawberry plants as I've cleared the plot.. wondered if they might be growhappy thinking they were somewhere warmer than Blighty  :tongue2:

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Re: Cold Frames
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009, 23:51 »
I don't know for sure but as they grow wild in temperate woodland I would think probably not.
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Re: Cold Frames
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2009, 00:43 »
yes but do they flourish and produce masses of fruit...

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Re: Cold Frames
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2009, 01:00 »
I think it may prove too humid for them, Gillyhen.
They tend to do very well without and I've never seen a commercial strawberry field under plastic/in polytunnels, which I'm sure they would be if it was beneficial  :)

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Re: Cold Frames
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2009, 09:43 »
You need to come over this way where you will see acres of nasty polytunnels over strawberries. Also big business in Herefordshire.

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Re: Cold Frames
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2009, 11:04 »
I think the cloches are for starting the season earlier rather than extra warmth in summer. Too much warmth and humidity will surely encourage botrytis and the like (mould).

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Re: Cold Frames
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009, 11:40 »
I can see the merits of having them under cover, but don't forget the flowers will also still need a pollinator.  Cold frames are probably easier to adjust temperature & humidity (that is, just open/close the lid) than using a cloche, but with so many varieties on the market, you can have different ones for an early crop right through to a later crop without having to mess around with a cold frame (and you could use that for something that likes a bit more shelter instead)   :)
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Re: Cold Frames
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2009, 15:47 »
IWAA is right, it would get too humid and hot for strawberries in a cold frame all summer. They much prefer cooler weather and all mold problems occur during warm months (and in cold frames). The snow here had only started to disappear 2 weeks ago when  I noticed my strawberry plants greening up and putting on new leaves despite freezing night temperatures.

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Re: Cold Frames
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2009, 18:06 »
thanks folks! I will dig them up and find a better spot to move them to, while saving the cold-frame-to-be for lettuce, I think  :)



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