All Aboard The Strawberry Train — Strawberry Propagation

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For about a year I’ve been trying my hand at a bit of propagation. As it stands, I’ve got a 50/50 chance of success.

In the spring I tried propagating a lilac bush with clippings.

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Unfortunately, this failed! Sorry Suzanne — we’ll have to try something else.

Last summer I propagated tons of tomato plants from suckers. This was easy and seemingly foolproof — only because I actually got it to work.

So with my track record currently even, I decided to see once and for all if I’ve got what it takes to propagate, this time with strawberries.

The strawberry plants I planted last spring began spreading after their first round of berries early this summer. Although there are other methods to propagate strawberries (splitting plants or by seed), I decided to use the runners.

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First I filled some small pots with a mixture of top soil and compost/manure.

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Then I carefully set the pot in the rocks or mulch and took hold of a portion of the runner where there was a node.

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Finally, with a clothes pin I pushed the node beneath the surface of the dirt and covered as much of the node as possible without covering the leaves.

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Now I’ll just wait and see if roots form and then I can cut them from their host plant and plant them someplace else.

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I love trying to make more plants from the ones I currently have, it sure beats having to buy new plants all the time. It might not always work out, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up.

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Our strawberries are still thriving and the second batch of berries are just beginning to come in, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

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