Excerpts from "Propagating Deciduous Fruit Plants Common to Georgia"
M.E. Ferree and Gerard Krewer, Extension Horticulturists

Runners and Stooling

Only the strawberry, which produces numerous daughter plants during the growing season, is propagated by runners.
Strawberry plants (runners or daughter plants) are produced by the mother plants. Runner formation occurs throughout the growing season. These runners form roots, and subsequently produce more runners, which in turn form roots. These rooted runners are dug in the fall for fall planting or in the winter for spring planting (Figure 1).

Fig. 1 Runner

Since all of the strawberries grown in Georgia are for pick-your-own operations or home use, the matted row system of strawberry culture is most desirable. Matted row strawberry plantings are best established by spring planting. Thus winter digging of runners for plants is preferred. These plants should be bundled, kept moist and held at 33° to 34°F until they are planted.


Natural stooling of plants, such as the erect blackberry, fig and rabbiteye blueberry, will produce a limited number of plants. Where only a few plants are wanted, digging the natural stools of established plants of desired varieties is a good method. Stools of these three fruits should be dug in the dormant season and planted in the desired location. Because most stool plants have a limited root system, the top of the plant have a limited root system, the top of the plant should be pruned back by at least half. Figure 2 is an erect blackberry stool with an exceptionally large root system.


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Ferree, M.e. and Krewer, Gerard. "Propagating Deciduous Fruit Plants Common to Georgia." caes.uga.edu. University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension. Reviewed Feb. 2012. Web. 26 May 2014.


Fig. 1,2 Propagating Deciduous Fruit Plants Common to Georgia. 2012. caes.uga.edu.edu. Web. 26 May 2014.

Published 26 May 2014 LR
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