Tips to Grow New Strawberry Plants from Runners: Step-by-step Tutorial
- Pruning shears
- Strawberry plant
If you have a garden in your home, then growing fruits and vegetables can be advantageous. However, not all of us have space for a garden, especially when living in an apartment. But, there are some types of plants that you can grow in pots, even on a small balcony, so long as you have sunlight and can spare some time to take care of your plants. Strawberries are among the plants that grow well in containers, and the best part, you can get new plants through strawberry propagation instead of buying seeds. Here, I will cover the steps on how to grow strawberry plants from runners, and you will realise how simple it is. Follow these steps to get started.
Step 1: How to propagate strawberries from runners
In case you are wondering what strawberry plant runners look like, take a look at the image. A mature strawberry plant will produce a few stems without leaves. These stems or runners are usually longer than the stems that have leaves. At the end of these long stems, you will notice roots growing, resembling a small plant. It usually hangs down close to the ground, and if you have a large container, then the roots of the runner will attach itself on the soil and start growing a new plant. However, if your pot doesn’t have space for the runner to grow, then you can grow strawberry plant runners in a new pot.
Step 2: How to cut the strawberry plant runners
Use pruning shears to cut the runner close to the root, detaching it from the long stem that connects it with the original plant or other runners.
Step 3: How to prepare the soil for planting strawberry runners
Strawberries love nutrient-rich organic matter, so if you make compost at home, you can use some of it to plant the runners. (Here’s a guide with steps on making compost at home in 5 steps)
Step 4: Cover the soil
Make sure that you plant each runner at least 30cm away from another to give them enough room to grow. Whether you are planting the runner in the ground or a container, take care to cover the soil with plastic. That way, it won’t be possible for a new runner to grow too close to the original plant.
Step 5: Cut a hole in the plastic sheet
Use your finger or a sharp object to make a hole through the plastic. Also, make a hole in the soil for planting the new runner.
Step 6: Planting the strawberry runner
Place the roots of the runner into the hole that you made in the soil, pressing the soil around it to hold it firmly in place.
Step 7: Tips for growing strawberries
Place the container in a sunny spot as strawberry plants require at least 8 hours of sun to thrive. Water the soil twice a day – in the early morning and the evening – taking care not to pour water on the leaves but directly on the soil. Use the leachate from your compost bin or a readymade slow-release fertiliser to keep your strawberry plants healthy.