“What’s this strange shoot my strawberry plant is producing?” A couple of people have asked me this lately…….rather than mountains of fruit their strawberry plants are sending out long growth shoots – called RUNNERS.
If left on the plant these shoots will develop into strawberry plants (see the photo below) – clones of the mother plant. When the plant produces runners, it reduces its flower & fruit production. At this time of the year when we want flowers & fruit…….pinch or cut the runners off close to the plant. Do this every 2-3 days as they grow quickly!
The fruiting season of strawberries in southern australia is approx Nov-May depending on the variety. For more information about varieties and tips on growing strawberries check out my previous post HERE and for tips on harvesting strawberries click HERE.