My apologies if this has been asked before...
This is my first experience with strawberries. I planted some everlasting
strawberries this spring and now they're putting out runners. Can I create
new plants with these? If so, what do I need to do? They're in a mulched
area so I doubt they'll do anything on their own.
Distribute the runners in a circular pattern around each mother plant. Brush
the mulch aside and weigh down the runners with a stick, small rock, or
whatever, but nothing so heavy that it breaks the runners. These are
temporary umbilical cords. The next thing comes from a book - I've never
done it: The following year, if the mother plants look tired, dig them out
to make room for the runners that last year's new plants will create.
By the way, the strawberries will usually find a way to make new plants
whether you help them or not. But, it's fun to help, and it's always good to
get your face in there and see what's going on.
Start hoarding whipped cream! :-)
It saps the fruit production on everbloomers. On them, it's best to keep
the runners clipped off for at least a couple of years. And, by then, the
mother plants are usually infected with enough virus that it's time to rip
the whole bed out and replant with new stock somewhere else.
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