Professional gardener and writer Alys Fowler has claimed that carefully considered pruning and propagating can be really good for strawberries.
Writing in an article for the Guardian, she claimed this summer has been really good for soft fruits – adding that getting to work with pruners can be a great way of guaranteeing bumper crops next year.
She explained that by selecting runners from healthy stock is the best course of action – as well as making sure no more than five of these are removed from each single plant.
The runner should be stopped just beyond the plantlet and if some are already pegged down in small pots there is no need to worry, as it is always possible to propagate a few more. Ms Fowler said pot-grown runners typically transplant better than those in open ground.
When this is done, it was suggested that a small pot of around nine cm should be filled with peat-free compost.
If a runner is placed on top of this, then the plantlet will be able to grow roots – although Ms Fowler claimed that they work best when they are pegged down. This enables it to send its roots down much quicker.
After new roots start appearing out of the bottom of the pit, they can be snipped away from the parent cutting and relocated to a permanent position
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These are perfect for getting work on trees and other large plats done – as the task can be completed from the relative comfort and security of the ground.
Ms Fowler noted that a wide range of plants can benefit from this kind of attention.
"Summer raspberries also need pruning around now," she commented, adding: "This year's fruiting canes will have turned yellow, so prune them out at ground level to make space for the new growth."