How to Root Strawberry Plants


Fresh strawberries are absolutely delicious when picked straight from your garden. Strawberries love warm, sunny spots that are protected from late-spring frosts. They require good drainage; otherwise they rot or become susceptible to diseases. Strawberries propagate by runners that the mother plant sends out. When these runners are around 9 inches long, the daughter plants form and put down roots.

Step 1

Pinch off flowers from spring-planted strawberries as soon as the blossoms appear. Do this for only the first set if your strawberries are June bearers; otherwise, keep pinching until the first of July. This will encourage the mother plant to grow strong roots and to form early runners.

Step 2

Position the daughter plants that are at the end of the runners in a row. This row will be 8 to 12 inches away from the mother plant. After the daughter plants are rooted, they will grow runners as well.

Step 3

Cover the very bottom of the daughter plant with soil. Mound it up around the runner to hold it in place.

Step 4

Cut the runner away from the mother plant with a sharp knife after roots have formed on the daughter plant. To check for roots, move a little of the soil and take a peek at the bottom of the runner.

Step 5

Remove all the runners from the mother plant after you have enough new strawberry plants established.

Tips and Warnings

  • Strawberry runners can take over any space where the mother plant is. If left unchecked and allowed to grow wild, they form a dense ground cover. This reduces fruit production of the older plants by overcrowding. To keep your strawberry bed productive, keep control of your runners.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife


  • Guide to Growing Delicious Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs; Miracle-Gro; 2005
  • The Garden Primer; Barbara Damrosch; 2008
  • Kansas State University: Strawberries
Keywords: strawberry plants, June bearers, strawberry runners, strawberries propagate

About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.