Fall Runners, Spring Strawberries?

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Q: Fall Runners, Spring Strawberries?

On October 9, 2010, Rena asked:

Could you please tell me, if I plant a runner in the fall, will it produce berries the following spring?

Answer to: Fall Runners, Spring Strawberries?

Yes, most runner plants that are planted in the fall (if overwintered properly), will produce a healthy harvest of strawberries the following spring. Planting your strawberry plants in the fall is generally the best approach for a first-time planting as well. If you already have established strawberry plants and just want to move the daughter plants, see the Transplanting Strawberries page for some tips. If you are planning a first-time fall planting, you can order plants from these suppliers of Fall Strawberry Plants. Hope that helps!

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7 thoughts on “Fall Runners, Spring Strawberries?

  1. Hello Mr. Strawberry,

    I really enjoy your site. It has been very helpful. I live in Virginia and recently decided to try my hand at fall planting. This is my first time growing strawberries. I ordered Earliglows from one of the fall ordering websites you recommended. I have all of them planted into the ground and they seem to be doing well. The bare roots now have leaves and after checking on them this morning, I noticed they are starting to flower. My question is this: Do I need to cut these flowers now so that the roots can develop themselves before the spring or should I just let them continue to flower? I haven’t been able to find any information on this so I want to make sure I am doing this right. Also do I need mow the plants down before mulching or just cover them up the way they are? Thank you so much for your help.

    • Cheri,
      Congrats on taking the plunge and planting this Fall! Yes, you should pinch off all the flower buds until your plants go dormant. Also, sorry to make you wait, but I’ve written a post that answers your second question. It will be up on this site early in the morning on October 3rd. It will deal with mulching your plants for the Winter. Good luck!

  2. Hi,
    The Fall just started now here in Japan and I planted few strawberry runners that I bought from the nursery a week ago and planted in my bought Topsy Turvy planter. few runners exists and I put new runners in a cup filled with soil.
    It says to pinch all the flowers the first year inorder to produce good , large berries. Do I need to remove all existing flowers when it exist on coming Spring so it will not produce berries,because it is not a whole 1 year yet?
    Please advise.

    • Aiko Joy,
      If you plant in the Fall, you do not have to pinch the flowers next spring. Only if you plant in the Spring do you have to pinch the flowers. So, just keep them alive through the Winter, and you should be able to enjoy strawberries next Spring! Good luck!

  3. Thank you.
    I have been planting them, but mistakenly cutting their lifeline before they rooted.
    Again, Thank you.

    • James,
      If you allow the runners to be trained into plastic or Styrofoam cups, it is pretty easy to transplant them. Simply fill the cups with soil, keep the adventitious root at the node of the runner in contact with the soil, and allow the roots to establish. Once established, snap off the shriveled runner remnants that extend back to the mother plant, take the rooted runner plant (in the cup), wherever you’d like to plant it, then plant it according to the instructions on the Growing Strawberries reference page. Good luck!

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