Less Noise, More Green: How To Root Strawberry Runners

Monday, August 24, 2015

How To Root Strawberry Runners


How to Root Strawberry Runners
Contact with the soil will encourage the development of roots
The cheapest way to add to the plants in your garden is to help your existing plants reproduce. You can do this by saving the seeds as they mature on your plants or by propagating - taking cuttings and rooting them. Strawberry plants are one of the easiest plants to propagate because many varieties send out runners that produce baby plants. All you have to do is help these babies produce roots, then plant them wherever you want.  I say more free berries, please!



Alpine Strawberries, Edible Landscaping
Alpine Strawberries

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.

How to Root Strawberry Runners

They actually looked really attractive cascading over my wall, but if I want these  babies to live I need to help them develop roots.

How to Root Strawberry Runners

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.

How to Root Strawberry Runners
3. Pin the plant into place.
4. Gently water well and keep watered.

How to Root Strawberry Runners
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.

How to Root Strawberry Runners
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,

Sue

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12 comments:

  1. Very interesting, thanks for posting. I've never tried to grow strawberries, but just looking at your pictures....I just might give it a try.

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    1. Here in Rhode Island they are very easy to grow and quite drought tolerant. They also do well in containers or raised beds. Good luck!

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  2. Sounds easy...thank you for sharing:-) your garden soo wonderful...happy gardening:-D

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  3. Hi Sue, just stumbled across your fine blog and I think that it is most educational, enjoyable and very nicely laid out. Look forward to future posts m'dear.
    John

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    1. Thank you so much! What a great comment to read over breakfast!

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  4. With your strawberries being so near a sidewalk to the front of your house, I'm surprised that you have any to eat yourself. I was raised in Montreal- we had 4 apple trees in front of our circular driveway; there were always people coming to pick a "free" apple. I like your "pinning" method. I need to do that to landscape material. What kind of wire do you use?

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    1. I've never seen anyone take anything from my garden - except squirrels!
      I use thin steel wire which came on a spool and was easily cut with scissors. If you have rocky ground, I'd suggest a thicker wire or buying carpet pins.

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  7. There are few tasty treats that can match the exquisite, ripe sweetness of strawberries. This rich, red fruit is easy to grow in your home garden and these plants also do very well if they are grown in containers.

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