How to propagate Garden Strawberry
Peg down runners into the soil or small pots of compost and leave attached to the parent plant until autumn or they have rooted themselves firmly.
Cut free and replant in the desired location straight away, or overwinter in a cool greenhouse or cold frame to be planted up in spring.
Everbearing/perpetual strawberry types do not produce runners as freely as summer fruiting types. These may need to be left attached the parent plant until the following spring.
Sow seed in early spring in to trays of pre-watered good quality seed compost or soil. Cover lightly with a thin layer of compost or vermiculite.
Maintain heat at 18C. Germination should occur at around 6 weeks.
Use a mister to maintain moisture as the very small seed can be washed away.
Prick out into individual pots or modular trays once the seedlings are large enough to handle (by the leaves only). Grow on - potting up as required - until after the risk of frost has passed, and acclimatise the young plants before planting out. Alternatively, wait until autumn to plant out reducing the need to water.
Special features of Garden Strawberry
Good plant for attracting bees and other pollinating insect wildlife into your garden.
Strawberries prefer nutrient-rich soil. For the best crop production replace plants every three years, ideally growing in a new area to prevent P&D build-up.
Other uses of Garden Strawberry
This culinary fruit can be used in a variety of edible dishes and drinks and grown for its ornamental attributes.
With low maintenance requirements, they can be added to wildlife-friendly spaces and grown amongst other edible plants in an informal cottage style.