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How To Root Strawberry Runners For Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Or Soil

How To Root A Strawberry Plant Runner

I was reading in a forum a question posted by a woman asking if she could just cut the runners off of her strawberry plants in a hanging basket and root them.  The answer is no because once in dirt they will die.  She didn't want to take her basket down just to root the runners so that got me thinking.  The solution I came up with allows the runners to be rooted into rockwool so that they can be planted in aquaponics, hydroponics, or soil.  What I did was soak the rockwool in a very weak nutrient solution, put the rockwool into a 2" x 3" ziplock baggie, and then secure the rockwool to the plant node with a paperclip.  After 20 days there will be a healthy root system so that you can cut the runner off the mother plant and grow it where ever you want.  I made the video below to show how to do it step by step.  I call it the SleestaksRule method.


How To Root Strawberry Runners

A few days after I posted the video, somebody in the hydroponic forum on Reddit suggested wrapping the baggie with aluminum foil to prevent algae from forming and keep the roots from being exposed to light.  As you can see in the photo above, that's exactly what I did.  Hope this helps you all!


I bought Everbearing strawberry plants online and they already have a root system about 8 inches in length. I planned to grow them in the vertical tower I built with my 82 year old father. He's fascinated with all things hydroponics. However since my plants have arrived with roots in tact how do I plant them in the pods? With the rockwool? Or, just the Hydronton? I can't seem to find any tutorials on how to plant established rooted plants. Maybe someone could help?! Ellie

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