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cab



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 05 10:56 pm    Post subject: Rasberries and Strawberries... Advice Needed  Reply with quote    

I've just had a pile of raspberry and strawberry plants delivered today. Bare rooted, but they look like they're in fine fettle.

I won't be able to get down to the allotment till Sunday. The strawberries are being planted in the garden here, but the raspberries are going down there. How do I best treat the raspberries till then? Should I soak them in a bucket of water? Keep them in the bag?

Cheers,

Cab.

judyofthewoods



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 05 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its only a few days, so I would think, as long as you don't let the roots dry out too much, they'll be fine. wet the roots and pop them in a plastic bag, just keep away from the frost, but cool. I had a bunch of 3foot tall trees like that for weeks in the winter before I planted them out, and they were ok. But because it was a fair bit longer, I did sprinkle some soil over the roots. Unlikely necessary in your case.

moggins



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 05 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wet some newspaper, wrap that around the roots and put into a plastic bag tied loosely at the neck.

cab



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 05 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheers guys. Sounds like good advice.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 05 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, keeping the roots moist is best. Don't soak in a bucket of water for longer than an hour or the trees can 'drown' I think. I.e. the roots need air.

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 05 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Had a frowt yesterday, so I didn't plant them, which is good because we had a harder frost last night. I'll keep 'em moist and wait for a break in the weather.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 05 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cab wrote:
Had a frowt yesterday, so I didn't plant them, which is good because we had a harder frost last night. I'll keep 'em moist and wait for a break in the weather.


Looking at the forcast it may be well over a week. You may wish to pop them in a pot an cover the roots with moist compost. Don't plant them, just cover their roots.

Tristan



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 05 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When you can get to plant them don't put them in too deep. If your soil is really heavy then a bit of sand or grit dug in to the bottom of the trench is worthwhile, and even planting on a ridge if waterlogging is a possibility.

moggins



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 05 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My stawberry plants are going in a Tesco 'bag for life' and then being hung from the fence.

The slugs have always got at them before but I'm going to beat the little swines this year.

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 05 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good advice there, I'll pot them up in some loose compost till I can get them in the ground.

Tristan, my soil is good and humussy, the only thing wrong with it being that it's in Cambridge so it has a tendency to get dry. Got some old compost dug in to the bottom of the trench, so I think it'll be fine.

cab



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 05 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Still sitting in compost, waiting for the weather to improve slightly.

I'm almost seeing me having to harden them off again after such a long time indoors!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 05 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mmm, even when our snow melts it takes a good few days for the permafrost to melt!

We must get round to ordering our strawberries and hop plants this weekend. Hopefully the weather will be better when they arrive.

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