There is nothing like a fresh grown strawberry. Store bought strawberries simply cannot compete for flavour with a strawberry grown in your garden. But not everyone has a garden. Not a problem as growing strawberries in containers works out extremely well.
Growing Strawberries in Containers – How To
Picking your berries is much easier if you raise your containers above the ground. No more bending down to pick.
Your berries are off the dirt so they are much cleaner.
No more having to move your strawberry patch around to avoid soil-borne diseases.
Your strawberry plants will last for 3 seasons if potted in a soil-based potting mixture.
You can extend your growing season by placing your strawberry pots in a green house over winter where they will bloom earlier in the spring.
Types of Strawberry Containers:
There is such a thing as a strawberry pot which has planting pockets around the sides of the pot. They are very decorative and save space but can be a bit difficult to plant and water.
Hanging baskets make great containers for strawberries. The plants are short and the fruiting stems hang down. Your typical 12 inch pot will hold about 3 plants. You can even use old gutters.
Flower Pots or any other container with drainage holes. Any reasonable sized pot will work. If you plan to move the strawberries use light weight pots. Pots can be placed on steps or gathered in a grouping. Terra cotta is lovely but will require more watering.
Planting Bags can be purchased at most nurseries. These special plastic planting bags are usually inexpensive.
Caring for Your Containers:
When planting the top of the plant’s crown should be just above soil level.
When growing strawberries in containers keep your soil mix moist but not waterlogged.
If birds are a problem place netting over the container when the fruit starts to swell.
Rotate your containers for even growth and ripening.
Remove runners from the mother plants and remove dead leaves as well.
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