On-line, I read the following:
As runners form from the plant crowns, train along the row and space 6
to 9 inches apart. Press the runner gently into the soil, hold in
place with a rock or cover with about 1/2 inch of soil until roots
form. Do not sever the runner from the mother plant.
But I don't HAVE any room to plant the runners without severing themt
from mother plant. The strawberry patch is tiny and is fenced
in to keep the )*&*&^%$ squirrels out. Some of the plants
went ape shortly after planting, sending out umpty runners.
Is it quite hopeless to try to sever the runners and plant them
Also, as I am short of room, could I plant them between
Anxiously awaiting your input.
You can't sever the runners until they are rooted and putting out new
growth from their own crowns and have developed their own food supply
Until then, they take from their mother plants.
Anyway, if you have newly planted strawberries and hope to have them
productive for the next few years, pinch off those runners now! As they
take energy from their mother plants, they are hindering establishment
of the mother plants, and you want new plants to develop as much of a
root system and vigorous new growth as they possibly can. Pinch off all
runners and blossoms from new plants and let them grow in and prepare
for next year's fruitful summer.
Can you move other more mature plants from where the runners
could be rooted? Otherwise just trim them off and don't worry
about them for now. But eventually you are going to want to
start replacing the older plants anyway because after a few years
their production will decrease.
Thanks for quick answers from both kind posters.
Definitely, I was NOT thinking outside the envelope!
Of course I will "ruthlessly" sever the runners.
Maybe that's why I haven't had very heavy bearing
(though enormous and delicious).
Appreciate the help!
On Jun 8, 1:50 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you have some 4-inch plastic pots, like the ones most plants come
in at the nursery, put some potting soil in there, stick the ends of
your runners in the pots, keep 'em watered for a few days, then snip
and put your "new" strawberry starts someplace safe. Baby 'em for a
little while until their roots really get going, and then put 'em in
the ground just like you brought them home from the garden store.
Hmmm...could be an interesting experiment.
I have 4" clay pots, but no plastic. Guess it doesn't matter.
Things are very crowded in that tiny strawberry plot, but I
guess I could squeeze in a few 4" pots, just as a
How many days do you figure until I snip?
Jeeze girl -- snip the dang things off the mother plants
and stick them wherever you want/have room. They'll either
make it or they won't. Most likely, they'll make it. Mine
Your mother plants will need to be replaced every couple
of years, so don't just wantonly toss all of the runners
in the compost.
We made our first rhubarb pie of the season the other day.
On Sat, 9 Jun 2007 13:41:50 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@THE-DOMAIN-IN.SIG
Come to think of it, so have I -- years ago; had forgotten..
Just make sure that they are showing a little bit of developing roots
before you cut them off.
Thanks to you and Jan Flora who shared this opinion.
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