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The strawberries I planted last year were devoured by ants – I originally planted them in the garden, but had to move them because of the ants. I planted them in deep garden plastic bins that i usually grow my lettuces etc in and again the ants got the fruit. This time i have planted them in hanging baskets – will they survive? How much sun and water would they need?

  • Robyn Fisher-Macrae asked 3 years ago
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Hi Robyn, it is unusual for ants to “eat” the strawberries, it is possible that pests like slaters, earwigs and snails also had a good go at them. Ants tend to come after these other insects looking for the sweet secretions. Baskets should be fine but sometimes can be tricky as they require regular watering i.e. 2-3 times per day, when the fruit is abundance and this can be hard to do depending on the location of the basket. You could try using peastraw/strawberry straw around the plants, this should help keep the pests at bay. Thanks, the Palmers team

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