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Most common strawberry plants will produce “runners” as a means of propagating themselves. If left unchecked they could choke out other plants. Pruning the plant runners, and limiting to 5 per plant will do it!
All is not as rosy as it seems though …It takes productive energy for a strawberry plant to send out runners. The energy used up in ‘stolon production’ is energy not used in the production of strawberries. Since most people grow strawberry plants for the strawberries and not the runners, it may be necessary to prune the runners so that more productive capacity is manifested in more and bigger fruits.
For a ‘deeper’ understanding listen to the experts:
There’s pretty much everything you want to know about strawberry plants here – and more
What are runners? is a good place to start
Their opening sentence: Strawberries are incredibly easy to grow. Good!
Strawberry plants.org get a bit more into the detail, which is interesting:
Strawberry runners are properly called “stolons.” The word “stolon” comes from the Latin word “stolo” meaning a shoot, branch, or twig springing from the root. Stolons are produced by virtually all June-bearing strawberry plants and most everbearing and day-neutral strawberry varieties. By definition, stolons are horizontal connections between organisms, and they can arise from the organism or its skeleton. Animal stolons are usually formed from exoskeletons, and are outside the scope of a post about strawberry plant runners.
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