|Contact with the soil will encourage the development of roots|
My front yard edible landscape contains three types of strawberries: Everbearing, Fragoo, and
Alpine. Alpine Strawberries do not send out runners but the other two varieties do and this year I have them everywhere.
They actually looked really attractive cascading over my wall, but if I want these babies to live I need to help them develop roots.
This method is very simple. Here are the steps.
How to Root Strawberry Runners
1.Cut steel wire into short lengths then bent them into a "U" shape to create pins.
2.The underside of the baby plant needs to have good contact with the soil so create a small hollow for the plant to rest in.
3. Pin the plant into place.
4. Gently water well and keep watered.
Check the plants in a couple of weeks to see if any roots have developed. Once the new root system is strong, you have two choices: cut the runner and let the plant grow where you pinned it, or cut the runner and move the plant to a new location. You can read more about how to do that in a post I wrote about moving and replanting strawberry plants.
My baby plants grew on very long runners and I will have to replant them once they root, but for now they are happy in their temporary home.
See you in the garden,