Here are a few tips I’ve worked on and found useful to grow a decent crop of strawberries.
Strawberry plants are easy to grow, but very much like the teenagers of the garden they can get into a right strop and play up, not doing as you expect. Unruly plants will tend to spend their days throwing out runners in order to reproduce. This delays the on set of flowers and makes your fruiting period shorter.
The simply choice is to cut these runners off as soon as you see them. Of course, you could either leave them to find their own rooting ground (if not in a pot) or you could place another pot of soil next to the main pot to lay the runner in, fixing it down with a staple of wire. You can cut the runner off the main plant when you see the roots have taken hold. This is a good way to get fresh new plants for next season.
But really it’s better to try to persuade the plant not to shoot off runners. This means keeping it happy, and in this case it means moist. So how do you do that;
Strawberry plants have very shallow roots, so regular watering from the bottom this time is not the answer, so what is?
My own favourite type of strawberry plant is one called ALBION.