Strawberry is one of my favorite edible plants to grow in my urban garden. Its fruit is a good source of vitamins C, K, fiber, folic acid, manganese, and potassium. It also contains anthocyanidins, a type of substance that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As an antioxidant, strawberries can promote healthy aging. Moreover, as an anti-inflammatory, it can prevent heart disease, promote good digestion, and improve skin health. These strawberry health benefits are the reasons why I eat it on a regular basis, but I avoid buying them. To increase crop yield, most commercially grown strawberries are pumped with toxic chemicals . There are organic options in stores, but they are a bit pricey. The good news is that strawberries are easy to grow organically and propagate at home. Scroll down to learn how to clone your mother plant in four easy steps.
Strawberry Health Benefits
- Promotes Healthy Aging
- Prevents Heart Disease
- Helps with Digestion
- Improves Skin Health
How to Propagate Strawberries
Most strawberry varieties, except for some wild types, are easy to propagate by cloning. A mature strawberry plant produces vines (runners) with daughter plants. Given a healthy growing medium, daughter plants will root and fully mature. If you have a mother plant that has put off a lot of runners, below are four easy steps to encourage daughter strawberry plants to root and mature.
When grown in-ground, strawberry daughter plants will naturally take root and mature. However, if you have limited space, strawberries are also well adapted to growing in containers. In any case, to encourage growth, the most important step is choosing/building a healthy soil medium. In-ground gardens can benefit from organic matter such as compost, and when growing in containers make sure to use potting soil to avoid compaction and drainage issues. Strawberries are pretty hardy, but they do require regular watering. Always keep the soil moist but not too wet to prevent rot.
Once you have a healthy growing medium, locate daughter plants and place them on the soil surface.
To secure daughter plants in the soil and encourage rooting, you will need bamboo skewers. Cut the skewers (~4 inches long) and bend them to form a V-shape.
Secure daughter plants with bamboo skewers. In time, daughter plants will root and the runners will shrivel and snap on their own. When this occurs, you have a fully mature strawberry plant.
Strawberry Propagation Overview
Strawberry health benefits are reasons enough to grow your own. Its fruit has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that promote healthy digestion, skin, and heart function. If you buy one strawberry plant, you can easily propagate in-ground or in containers to increase your crop. Simply place daughter plants on the surface of a healthy soil medium, secure with bamboo skewers, and wait for them to mature. Follow these steps, and you’ll be eating plenty of delicious, sweet, and nutritious strawberries in no time.