With winter fast approaching, now is your last chance to get strawberry runners potted up ready for next year!
Growing New Strawberry Plants!
Your strawberry plants should look something like this. If you rummage through the leaves you'll find long vine-like stems with little lumpy bits (or maybe roots depending on how well established they are) and leaves on.
Here is an example of what you're looking for. It may be smaller or bigger depending on the strength and age of the runner. This is the bit you need.
Once you've located the runners, you need some containers filled with compost. Be aware when selecting containers that they'll need to be positioned in such a way that the runner can remain attached to the parent plant for a few weeks. Generally, small is good because it can potentially be placed on the soil of the parent plant without causing problems.
Make a little well in the compost and, holding the runner securely, push the roots/lumpy bit into the compost.
Repeat until you have potted up all the runners you wish to grow on. Water well and leave for a few weeks or until a root system develops on the runners. At this point, snip the vine like stem to separate the runners from the parent plant. And there you have it- next year's strawberry plants :-)
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- Strawberry plant (A friend)
- Compost (Buyology)