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Strawberries are arguably one of the most succulent and flavoursome of all berrying fruits, although strictly speaking a strawberry is an aggregate accessory fruit and not a true berry in the botanical sense. Of course there are many strawberry cultivars available today, each one of them having a slightly different flavour and texture characteristics. So if you come across a particular variety that blows your socks off and have access to the parent plants then with the owner's permission you can grow genetically identical plants from cutting material.
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The runners are produced freely on most strawberry varieties from June onwards. The best practice is to fasten the the runners into loose, cultivated soil, or into a pot of good quality compost such as John Innes 'No 1'.
When you are selecting runners for propagation purposes, do so carefully! Make sure that you choose healthy, disease-free parent plants. Also, remove any flowers a month or so earlier before removing the runners as this will persuade the parent plants to produce runners with increased vigour. Do not allow a parent plant to produce more than five runners as it will struggle to support them. In August, when the pot-grown runner plants are well established, cut them from the parent and transplant immediately. Don't forget to water the runners once they become rooted.
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