How to Propagate Strawberries

Enjoy a continuously flourishing strawberry garden by properly propagating your plants.

Strawberry Patch Provides Bounty of Sweet Fruits

Strawberry Patch Provides Bounty of Sweet Fruits

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide

Materials Needed

  • strawberry plant runners
  • compost
  • small pots
  • watering can

Step 1: Identify Runners

Lift Up Attached Runners from Parent Plant

Lift Up Attached Runners from Parent Plant

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

When runners start to develop in the summer and the young plantlets have strong leaves, lift them from the soil, but leave them attached to the parent plant. Propagate only healthy runners, and remove the rest to encourage plants to concentrate their energy on producing fruit.

Step 2: Plant Runners

Sink Small Pots Next to Parent Strawberry Plant

Sink Small Pots Next to Parent Strawberry Plant

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sink small pots filled with potting compost into the soil. Plant one plantlet per pot, keeping them in place with bent wire staples. Keep them well watered.

Step 3: Plant Outside

Separate Runner from Parent Once Plant has Rooted

Separate Runner from Parent Once Plant has Rooted

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

After 4–6 weeks, the plantlets will develop roots of their own and can be separated from the parent. Grow them on their own, potting and planting outside as necessary.

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