I am attempting to grow strawberries in a General Hydroponics AeroFlo36 system. I purchased virus free runners in March, and washed the root system thoroughly under running water before planting the runners in clay pellets in 3" net pots in the AeroFlo system. About half the runners had already flowered when I planted them, and the plants appeared stressed out initially. About 95% of the plants placed in the AeroFlo system survived. A few wilted and died early. Nearly all of the plantings lost their blooms due to the stress. Now, however, the plants are looking healthy, and new shoots and runners are appearing, with 2-3" wide leaves.
In any case, I do understand that when planted in soil strawberry runners will take root and become new daughter plants. However, I don't know what to do with the runners in this case... That is, what does one do with runners that shoot off from the mother plant in a hydro system? There obviously is no soil for the runner to take root in with the AeroFlo36, so I don't know how to make use of the runners to generate new plants.
Do you have any tips/information on what to do with the runners in an AeroFlo system, or any information about strawberries in particular in hydro/aeroponic systems?
Thank you in advance.