Wouldn’t it be great propagating your own strawberries? Here I show you just how easy it really is.
Strawberries make a great addition to your garden.From its beautiful fan-shaped leaves and stunning pink or white flowers to its aromatic and juicy fruit, this is one of my favourite garden plants.
There are two ways in which I grow my strawberry plants.
Growing strawberries by runners
First and the easiest method is by runners. This is the best method and guarantees 100% success in getting a new strawberry plant, but you have to get or have an established plant before doing this.
Strawberry plants give off a number of runners. These are the horizontal stems attached to the plant which has a new plant emerging at the end. These runners will develop roots as it comes into contact with the soil and form a beautiful new plant.
All that you have to do is to place the end of the runner, with the leaves attached, into a new pot which has been filled with potting soil and compost.
Keep the two pots together for a few days, while the new plant develops its own roots. Always make sure that soil is kept moist in both the pots. Do not over water as this causes the roots to rot and try not to get water on the leaves of the plant. This can cause a fungal disease on the leaves. Rather water at the base of your plant.
The runner stem are cut once the new plant has developed roots. Continue to grow more plants in this way and you will have as many strawberry plants as you want.
Growing strawberries by seed
Next is by seed. You could get seeds from your garden centre but I find it difficult to get strawberry seeds in garden centers in my area so I use the seeds collected from either store-bought or my home-grown strawberries, but just remember some of the seeds from store-bought strawberries might not be viable and might not germinate.Many gardeners remove the seeds individually from the outer side of the strawberry, but I find this really tiresome so I go the easy route and just plant little slices of the strawberry into the soil, with the seeds still attached to it. Here is how its done
✿ Cut slices off the strawberry with the seeds still attached.
✿ Fill a small pot or a seed starting flat tray with potting soil. Spray the soil with water to moisten it.Lay the slices flat on the soil in the pot or seed starting tray.
✿ Cover the slices with a thin layer of soil or vermiculite. Spray with a water bottle to moisten.
✿ Cover the pot with plastic wrap and place it in a warm area to germinate. Do not place the pot in direct sunlight.
✿ Germination takes 2 to 8 weeks. Please be patient. Check daily for signs of sprouting, and remove the plastic wrap as soon as they appear.
✿ In about 10 to 12 weeks you should have a few strawberry plants sprouting in the pot. once your plants have their 3 true leaves, they can be transplanted into their permanent place.
✿ Strawberries prefer a well-drained sandy loamy soil with organic fertilizer dug into it. Make sure that the soil is moist but not soggy.
✿Mulch with dry grass, straw or black plastic around the plant to keep it from drying out.
See , it’s really simple. I would love to know which way you chose to grow your strawberries and which was the most succesful.