I started a small strawberry bed in my garden this spring. It has
filled out quite nicely, but there are a number or runners that are
not quite rooted. Is it possible to save them somehow? Can I just
try burying them a bit before I cover the bed with straw for the
winter, or should I cut them off and let the mother plant put the
energy into its own roots?
Thanks for any help.
Iowa City, Iowa
On 7 Oct 2003 06:55:52 -0700, ic firstname.lastname@example.org (IC_Gardener)
Depends on your objective. If you want more plants, let them root and
*then* move them to another space or simply separate them from the
mother plant, if there will be ample distance between the two.
OTOH, if you prefer to save the "energy" for the mother plant, simply
cut off the runners before they root.
I'm in So. Calif coastal, 24/8 if that's relevant.
Those runners will most likely die during the winter. You should have
buried the node on the runner in some soil and let it take root during the
late summer. You can still try, but with the cold weather upon us, it's
unlikely it will get any rooting.
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