Free Strawberries - A Tutorial
February 13, 2014
At the end of the summer the strawberry plant will start to send out "runners". These are like little mini plants on the end of a long shoot. You want to cut these runners off until your strawberry has finished fruiting so the plants sends all it's energy into making fruit for you first! Once fruiting is all over, let the runners grow - and they will grow like crazy.
Over a month it will grow roots. You should be able to give it a little tug and if it feels firm you know it is ready. At this point they can be snipped off and voila you have a new strawberry plant. Yay!
I like to put all the pots on a tray so they are easily moved, watered etc until ready for planting out next Spring. Of course if you have space in your garden, you can use the same procedure, but just plant them straight in the soil next to the mother plant instead of in a pot.
Three strawberry plants were gifted to me from a friend a few years ago. He is in is eighties and was once a professional strawberry man and those three plants grew some of the best strawberries ever. Now those three plants have multiplied enough that we can pick a bowl of free strawberries every few days.