Growing Strawberries in Containers

If you're looking for a sweet summer garden treat, try growing strawberries in containers. Strawberries are perennial plants that should produce well in your garden for about three years. Container grown strawberries are easy to control and can be enjoyed on a deck, patio or even indoors.

Great Tips For Growing Strawberries

Growing strawberries in containers is a great way to bring your edible garden closer to the house. Strawberries need full sun for at least six hours a day. Beyond that, you can place strawberries anywhere in your landscape. Placed next to a bench, you could snack and enjoy the view at the same time. Situate plants on your deck for easy dessert access. Here's the best way to start your own crop of little sweet rubies:

  • What's your type? Strawberries come in three main types: June bearing, everbearing and day neutral. June bearing strawberries have one crop in early summer. Everbearing plants produce to crops: one in summer and another in the fall. Day neutral strawberries produce fruit throughout the summer, but in smaller amounts than other plants.
  • Choosing a container. Strawberries are forgiving plants and will do well in most any well-drained container. Hanging planters can create a striking look and will keep your plants safe from slugs. Strawberry pots are stunning, but keeping all plants equally watered can be a challenge. Traditional clay pots can be used to create a tight arrangement of plants.
  • Go soil-less. Strawberry plants will grow quite well in a no-soil planting medium of sphagnum peat, perlite and vermiculite. This soil-less mix has the added advantage of being disease and weed free.
  • Feeding frenzy. For best fruiting, your strawberries will want to be fed on a regular basis. Give your plants a potassium-rich fertilizer once a month and every two weeks during harvest season.
  • Watering needs. Strawberries need plenty of water t get established, but once they begin to flower, you can allow the top half inch of soil to become dry before you'll need to water again.
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