There are a few plants that seem to grow better than others in an aquaponic setup. One such plants is the strawberry. One can easily grow and propagate strawberries to have the delicious berries growing all over the place. Strawberries are easy to propagate via cloning by runners. Cloning strawberry plants from runners is quick and easy. Almost all strawberry plant varieties produce runners, usually after flowering. You can take one plant and turn it in to many!
After a strawberry plant flowers runners begin growing from the crown of the parent plant. These runners will grow and develop nodes. The nodes will produce small clones. You may get several clones on one runner. One plant may have several runners and one runner may grow several nodes. This happens because the strawberry plant form adventitious roots. These roots are formed at the nodes along a runner. Wherever these roots touch nutritious grow medium, they will grow into that medium and establish a new clone plant that is genetically identical to the plant that originally sent forth the runner.
Due to the amazing properties of strawberry runners, it is relatively easy to propagate strawberry plants using them. The long and flexible runners are easy to bend and positioned according to the desire of the person cloning them. To clone strawberry plants, all one has to do is direct the runners so that the adventitious roots will grow down into an appropriate grow medium. We prefer to use rapid rooter cubes.
The rapid rooter cubes are plant based and are perfect for organic hydroponics or aquaponics. We place the early roots in to the hole on top of the rapid rooter. Be sure to keep your cubes nice and moist. The roots only take a few days to develop. Once the new roots have taken off it is time to cut the runner to separate from the mother plant. And there you go! A freshly cloned strawberry plant.