June is the month strawberries are at their peak here. Everyone goes strawberry crazy! There are plenty of u-pick farms nearby but I have my own strawberry patch in the garden. Since strawberry plants become less productive over time I’m going to propagate new plants so I’ll go on having thriving plants and fresh strawberries. Imagine doing this with your plants to grow your own free strawberry plants.
It’s easy to grow your own free strawberry plants!
If you have a strawberry plant you have seen the long, mostly bare runners they put out. These are what you’ll use to get your grow your own free strawberry plants.
First put a few pots filled with good potting mix near the mature strawberry plant. You could also just peg the runners down in the garden soil but if you want to move my strawberries to a different location use pots to propagate the plants.
Next find the plantlets on the runners. Some may even have tiny roots already.
I have a few runners picked out that I’m going to use to grow my own free strawberry plants.
This is a pretty long runner and the plantlet is at my fingertips.
You can see the little roots beginning to form.
This plantlet doesn’t yet have visible roots but it will develop them.
I’m leaving the runner attached to the parent plant and inserting the roots into my pots.
Then I press the plantlet into the soil gently but firmly.
Finally I insert a u-shaped piece of wire to hold the plantlet in place. This will help the roots stay in the soil and get a good start.
After about a month the plantlets should have grown new leaves. At that point I’ll cut the runner from both the plantlet and the parent plant. My new strawberry plants will be ready to transplant.
Next summer I’ll pinch off all the blossoms from these new plants to allow the plants to develop strong root systems and ensure I get a really good harvest from them every summer afterwards.
When you grow your own free strawberry plants you should plan on propagating new plants every couple of years. As the older plants begin to fade you’ll have strong young plants to give you plenty of strawberries.