How to Grow Strawberry from Stolon (Runners) – Updated

Learn How to Grow Strawberries from Stolons

Grow strawberries from seeds, stolons, or seedlings. Strawberry stolon or runner. Learn how to harvest in the first season all summer long and keep the plants for many years. Learn How to Grow Strawberry from Stolon and harvest in the first season!

Advantages to Grow Strawberry from Stolon (Runners)

Different varieties of strawberries will allow you to cultivate and crop strawberries easily.

Growing strawberries from their seeds is a complicated, not recommended task since it takes time to germinate and the success is low.

However, it’s simple from previously purchased seedlings or reproducing the plants by stolons (runners). Here are the tips for growing strawberries from stolons.

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How to Grow Strawberry from Stolon or Runner

Sow from Strawberry seeds can be complicated. For this reason, growing strawberries it’s usually made from previously purchased seedlings, or by reproducing the plants by stolons (runners).

Not all varieties of fruit develop stolons. Likewise, when the variety produces stolons, their formation depends on the hours of light and the temperature.

However, when there are stolons, strawberry reproduction using these is another possibility of reproduction much more effective and less laborious than reproduction by seeds, when there is a previous crop.

strawberry reproduction by stolon runners

The lateral shoots that come out from the base of the stem are called stolons or runners because of their horizontal growth pattern to the ground line.

Adventitious roots are produced along the stolon that, once rooted and separated from the mother plant, can give rise to a new plant.

The key to making stolon reproduction work is to get it rooted. Use small pieces of metal or wood in a U-shape to prevent the stolon from moving and digging up.

Do not damage the adventitious roots of the stolon, they are still weak but good and prolonged contact with the substrate will strengthen them.

Look for the stolon not to be moved by the wind. Apply regular watering to prevent the substrate from drying out.

As the stolon develops it will take out new leaves. Only then can it be separated from the mother and a new seedling will have been generated.

How to Prepare the Soil for Strawberry and Stolon

Soil for Strawberries must acidic (pH 5.8 -6.5). The cultivation will thrive best with organic soil. Fertilizer needed 4-3-6 NPK (meaning 4% of Nitrogen, 3% of Phosphorous, and 6 % of Potassium).

Strawberry plants can be cultivated in different types of soils, from heavy to light (sandy soils) but slightly acidic.

Strawberries need a substrate with good drainage to avoid disease caused for the excess of humidity. The soil should be rich in organic matter. The most recommended are the ones with worm humus on the composition.

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When and How to Transplant Strawberry Seedling from Stolon

Seedlings obtained from seeds or obtained in the nurseries or from the stolons (runners) of your previous plant should be ready to be transplanted to their final location outdoors or in a pot, during spring and fall.

The best time to transplant is when there are no extreme temperatures, especially when it is not too cold.

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How to Improve Strawberry Crops

Improve Strawberry Crops with Bio-Stimulation or Bio-Promotion of Growth

This practice is widely used in large-scale agriculture. Bio-stimulation can be understood as the induction to promote or delay a physiological process.

The process implies the application of products for this purpose, integrated with soil or foliage management practices that facilitate the adequate growth and development of the plant. This is compatible with sustainable agroecological systems since they allow maintaining a dynamic intra-farm balance.

Bio-stimulants or Bio-Promoters are organic substances that are used to enhance the growth and development of plants and provide greater resistance to biotic and abiotic stress conditions. For example, extreme temperatures, water stress due to deficit or excess of humidity, salinity, toxicity, the incidence of pests and/or diseases.

Its composition can include auxins, gibberellins (as plant hormone), cytokinins, abscisic acid, jasmonic acid, or other phytohormones.

The products leave no residue and are safe for the people who apply them. Its composition is diverse, in commercial mixtures mineral nutrients, organic compounds, or active ingredients.

Other Bio-Stimulant Practices for Strawberries

Application of growth-promoting rhizobacteria, such as Bacillus, Rhizobium, Trichoderma, Nitrobacter, Nitrosomonas, Pseudomonas, Aspergillus, Azotobacter, among others.

These natural bio-stimulants favor the synthesis of phytohormones and the absorption of nutrients. They have a resistance function against negative soil microorganisms.

We hope that this article on how to grow strawberries from stolon will be useful and that you will have a good learning experience. Learn more about How to Grow Strawberries Outdoors.

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About Julia Morgan

We are the Morgan family, Henry, and Morgan, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website. We hope that all our advice will be useful to you and that you will become an expert gardener.