How to grow strawberries from runners

Do it:

Sep, Oct

Takes just:

45 minutes

As soon as your strawberry plants have finished fruiting it's time to clear away all the straw or matting to discourage slugs and snails from nibbling at the plants. It's also a good time to raise some new plants from their abundant runners - the long stems emerging from the main plant. Do this now and you can look forward to more plants and a bumper harvest next summer.

You will need

  • Strawberry plant
  • Sharp knife or secateurs
  • Pots
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Garden wire or u-shaped staples

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Choose a healthy runner which has produced one or more leaves, and remove any stems emerging from the new leaves, while keeping it still attached to the parent plant. Fill pots with multi-purpose compost. Place the strawberry runner on the surface and hold it in place using a u-shaped staple or a piece of wire.

Keep the compost moist at all times.Don't snip off the stem linking the new plant to its parent - keep this until the new plant has developed strong roots.

As soon as the plants are strongly rooted, snip off the stem connecting it to the parent plant, and plant in into a larger pot, or out into prepared ground.

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To help rooting, use a soil mix of three parts compost to one part sand.

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