Strawberry propagation is super easy – in fact it happens naturally in each crop. And as the hands-on horticulturist that you are, it’s up to you to make sure it happens efficiently and successfully in your garden!
Like all flowering plants, strawberries reproduce sexually through pollination and fertilization. But strawberries also reproduce asexually, by budding new plants that are clones of their parent. They do this via long stems, called stolons, which shoot out a new bud. If the bud is lucky it will take root and a baby bush will grow. But our gardens rely on more than just luck, right?!
Here’s a guide for getting your strawberries going. Just 5 simple steps, like so:
1. Find the stolon! It will be an extra long ‘runner’ stem with a small bud at the tip.
The teeny bud with baby leaves.
2. Move the stolon off its natural trajectory, and set aside. Dig a shallow groove along the stolon’s natural path.
3. Lay the stolon into the groove and cover with dirt. Only the little bud should stay above ground.
4. Water and fertilize and then let rest. Check up on the plant a week or so later to see that the bud is growing. True leaves should be emerging.
5. Eventually you’ll need to check to see that the new plant has taken on roots of its own. I waited 3 or 4 weeks just to be sure. To check that your strawberry is truly independent, grasp the leaves and give a gentle tug. It should stay firmly in the ground.
Success! And more strawberries next year!