In this short video, we show how to easy it is to make new strawberry plants from runners so you can have an even bigger and better strawberry harvest next year.
How to Grow New Strawberry Plants from Runners
Strawberry plants produce several long, leafless stalks called runners. Each runner has a tiny plant at the end. This can be rooted and grown on to produce new plants.
In a strawberry plant’s first two years of life, cut off all runners to concentrate the plant’s efforts on fruit production. From year three some of the runners can be used to make new plants. Only ever use healthy runners from vigorous, disease-free plants. Limit the number of runners to five per plant.
Look closely at the plantlet at the end of the runner and you may be able to see tiny roots already beginning to form. To get these to root, simply peg the plantlet into the ground or into pots of potting soil with a hairpin, U-shaped clip or length of garden wire bent into shape. Make sure the plantlet is in firm contact with the soil.
Raising Your New Strawberry Plants
After about a month to six weeks the plantlet will have started to grow new leaves, so it’s time to cut it free from the parent plant.
Grow the young plant on where it is, or dig it up and replant into fresh ground.
If winters are harsh in your area pot up your new strawberry plants and overwinter them in a greenhouse or cold frame, then plant out in spring.
Strawberries become less productive over time, so you need to grow more plants from runners every three to four years. For best results grow each new generation of strawberries in a completely fresh bed enriched with compost to avoid the build up of disease. Strawberries are also ideal for growing in containers.
For information, our Strawberry Growing Guide.
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