Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Propagating Strawberries

I mentioned a few days ago that I was planning to pot-up some Strawberry offshoots, before they got completely covered in fallen Maple leaves...

Well, on Sunday I finally got round to doing this task. Let me show you the Strawberry plants before they got covered in leaves:. You can see here how the runners were spreading out in all directions and looking for a home in the shingle.

As some of you know, I grow my Strawberries in black plastic crates (you can just about make them out in the photos above). I have 4 of them, each containing 4 plants. My plan is to keep my stock vigorous by replacing one box every year with new plants grown from the offshoots. Here's Box No.1 lined up for the treatment:

A closer look at the runners reveals some nice strong plantlets, some of them with well-developed root systems already (I had to prise them out of the shingle with a trowel).

So, snip the plantlet off the runner, and stick it into a small pot full of moist compost. It's as simple as that!

Following my usual policy, I potted-up six plants even though I only need four. This allows for some casualties.

The little plants are now safely ensconced in one of the mini-greenhouses, where they will spend the Winter prior to being planted up in their crate (duly filled with fresh compost) in the Spring.

Job done!


  1. That's the great thing about strawberry plants, they're so easy to propagate.

  2. I'll be rejuvenating my strawberry bed within the next couple of years - it's been going for 2 years now and I think they start to decline after 3. Ideally, I would love to have 2 full beds - one with an everbearing variety & one June bearer.

  3. I think the fact that you can propagate them so easily makes strawberries great value for the garden. Sorry if you've mentioned this before, but which variety have you got?

    1. Hi Matt, my varieties are: Cambridge Favourite, Honeyoe, Eros and Florence.


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