Answer: Most gardeners start their strawberry beds by buying certified disease-free bare-rooted plants. These are normally shipped in very early spring and can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. However, if you are using "runners" from plants you already have, a good time to select the ones you want to take is right after they bear when they are beginning to run. (The first runners are usually the most vigorous.) Once they have rooted, you can separate them from the mother plant and transplant them to their new spot. If you do this, be sure to plant the crown at the same level it was growing originally. Also, make sure they receive adequate moisture for the rest of the growing season while they become established. Good luck with your strawberries!
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