This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
At the meeting of the Germantown Horticultural Society on May 9th, I was very much interested in the various remarks made by the speakers present relating their experiences and methods of the propagation of and cultivation of strawberries. Those exhibiting strawberries there evidently needed no instructions, as I never saw finer berries before. But 1 don't remember hearing anything said about the pot system of propagation, which I think far the best and most reliable. About the first week in August is a good time to raise new plants. I get as many three-inch pots as I require and make holes down the strawberry bed with a trowel to set the pots in, which keeps them in position. The soil from the holes will do to put in the pots. The young plants are then layered into the pots and there remain for about two weeks. By that time they will have sufficiently rooted into the pots. The runners are then cut off from the parent plant and the plants removed to a shady place. Watering must be attended to at that time and until they are planted out in beds, which should have been previously prepared for them.
By the first of September they will be well established and in a good condition for planting out; and if they are well watered before turning out of the pots and the ball of soil not disturbed they will start into growth in their new quarters without feeling any check at all. Under this system ninety-nine plants out of every hundred can be easily raised.