2012 Strawberry Propagation

As I cleaned the winter cover off last year’s strawberry patch–raised beds whose soil had dried as hard as a rock through August’s heat wave–I found many unrooted runners. The mother plant had long enough roots underground to find water, but the baked soil was too much for the baby plant roots to penetrate.

They survived this easy winter while the vine connecting them to the parent strawberry died, so they needed to go into dirt, and soon. Instead of directly planting them in the garden, I’m going to baby them along in these 2 cup containers for a while. In a few more weeks, I’ll be able to see the havoc that the dry soil played on the strawberry patches and fill in empty spots where necessary.

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