Pinning Down Strawberry Runners
Monday, 05 Sep 11 Windy 18°C / 64°F
Exactly how that almighty god of gardening, Monty Don, told me to do. Seriously, if you’re not watching Gardener’s World every week, I deeply pity you, for your life is that bit less warm and fuzzy than mine is. :P
Yes, so, I’m sure anyone growing strawberries will notice lots of runners coming off their plants. This is by far the best way to propagate your plants.
Often on strawberry runners one can see the little brown roots trying to bury into the soil, usually between 0-1cm, but sometimes there are no roots, just a stem jetting out from the plant and upon that stem will be a mass of healthy growth with a clear base where you just know it will root. This is a runner… or in posh Wikipedia Latin, a stolon.
How to get more strawberry plants for yourself: (£££!) Take a small pot, dig a hole for it and fill it back up with the soil you dug out so it is buried. Buried under where the runner/stolon is rooting/going to root, that is. Next, pin down your runner with a “Π” (that unicode symbol had better work!) thing. I dunno, if your mum doesn’t hang loads of pictures/mirrors/clematis wires everywhere you may have to improvise… But I have these things in the tools drawer.
…so anyway. Wafflage. Now you have hopefully pinned down your strawberry runners somehow into the pot. Leave them for a bit, maybe all winter (it took me ages to realise that strawberries are perennial and not annual!). Then you will have a healthy new plant, which you can snip off that unnecessary umbillical cord between the mother and your brand new plant, and you should have another little potted strawberry, ready for planting out or keeping in a container.
Fine, a Gardener’s World link you shall have. This episode is available for the next two months. :)
I hope that mass of words made some sense to somebody.
And I hope you have to put up with a billion strawberry plants like I probably will! spite xxx
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