Every year around this time our strawberry plants go wild and throw out runners. Now, I’m not sure what YOU do with your runners… But I try to save each and every one of them. One summer I had “rescued” enough strawberry runners to supply two of my neighbors with enough strawberry plants to start their own berry patches.
But this fall, I have something else in mind. After we harvest all the pumpkins from our pumpkin patch, I plan on filling the area with strawberry plants. Because we live in a pretty mild climate, transplanting strawberry runners in the fall isn’t an issue. Typically I will transplant runners in both the spring and the fall. But since I planted 500 new strawberry plants this spring, I have an abundance of runners right now.
If you have never replanted strawberry runners before, it’s simple.
This is what I do –
- Carefully lift up the strawberry runner, leaving the roots intact
- Place the roots in a 3 inch container and cover with moist potting soil
- Leave potted runners where they are for about 6-8 weeks, watering as needed
- When the roots are well established, snip the runner about 6″ from the “vine” and move to the desired planting area. Remove from the pot, plant new strawberry plants and cover lightly with straw or leaf litter until spring, to protect the new strawberry plants.
The following spring your new strawberry plants should emerge and you’ll be able to enjoy strawberry desserts all summer long. Wahooo… Three cheers for fresh strawberries that actually TASTE like strawberries.
P.S. Do YOU save your runners, or am I the only one?