Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Ever wondered what those long dangly bits are that grow from your strawberry plants? They're called runners and basically what they are is the plant trying to expand. If you look closely you will see that underneath each bunch of new leaves growing on the runner, there will be a little root trying to shoot out the bottom. This is a new plant trying to grow. They usually try to throw out runners twice during the strawberry season and my advice (via my very knowledgeable mother) is to pick off the first set as soon as they start to shoot and toss them, otherwise the plant will throw all of it's energy into growing the runners instead of the strawberries. Not good. The second set of runners that appear after most of the fruiting is all over however, are the good ones. These are gold to a gardener and mean free plants!
All you need to do to get these 'free' plants is leave them on the main plant until the little root starts to appear (ideally a little more than in that photo above, look at photo below for an idea), then snip the runner off near the start. It will look like his one below. Hold the little clump of new leaves and gently snip the excess runners off either side and discard (sometimes you can get two plants off the one runner, mostly just the one though). Pop this new little plant into a pot filled with good quality potting mix, keep well watered and out of direct sun for the first week. Leave until growing big and strong before transplanting into your strawberry patch or give away to neighbours and friends, especially those with kids!
P.s thanks for your overwhelming support of my last post! Just a quick question, would any of you be interested in a post on making sushi? Also Ada's first day at school has gone really well, no dramas at all, yay! Now for Kye's first day at kindy tomorrow...
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