How to propagate strawberries from runners

How to propagate strawberries from runners

Check out this simple advice on how to get more strawberries from the runners produced by mature plants.

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At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

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Do To do in September

Do To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

As soon as your strawberries have finished fruiting, it’s a good time to raise some new plants from their abundant runners – the long stems emerging from the main plant.

Find out everything you need to know about growing strawberries in our Grow Guide.

It’s also a good time to clear away all the straw or matting to discourage slugs and snails from nibbling at the plants. Do this now and you can look forward to more plants and a bumper harvest next summer.

Short of space? Learn how to grow strawberries in a hanging basket.

Find out how to propagate strawberries from runners, below.

As soon as your strawberries have finished fruiting, it's a good time to raise some new plants from their abundant runners.
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You Will Need

  • Strawberry plant
  • Sharp knife or secateurs
  • Small pots
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • U-shaped staple or garden wire

Total time:

Step 1

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.

Using the staple to fix the runner in place
Using the staple to fix the runner in place

Step 2

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.

Potted strawberry runner with parent plant
Potted strawberry runner with parent plant

Step 3

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.

Repotting the strawberry plant
Repotting the strawberry plant
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Help the rooting process

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

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