Strawberry plants lend well to container gardening. To grow strawberries in strawberry pots makes it even prettier and more convenient. The second best way would be to grow strawberries in hanging pots. In this article we will discuss both these methods and provide you with tips and suggestions for the same.
There are various varieties of strawberries that you can choose from. There are basically three types of strawberry plants depending on their fruiting habits, they are - June bearing, ever-bearing and day-neutral.
June-bearing - Produces fruits for 2 - 3 weeks during the spring season
Ever-bearing - Produces 2 to 3 harvests spread out across spring, summer and fall
Day-neutral - An improved variety of ever-bearing plants, they produce fruit through out the growing season. This variety should be the best choice for hanging baskets.
We will first discuss how to grow strawberries in strawberry pots and then follow it up with the procedure to plant strawberries in hanging baskets.
It is a special type of container for planting small herbs, vines and shrubs. A strawberry pot is urn-shaped and has many opening along its sides, making it look like the fruit it's named after.
When you are growing strawberry plants pots you end up with several benefits as listed below
Quite simply plants like strawberries do well in hanging baskets or in containers like strawberry pots. If they are planted on garden soil you would need to come up with some technique to keep the fruits from touching the soil else they would end up rotting or developing moulds and mildew.
Here's what you will need
Follow these simple steps to prepare the strawberry pot for planting.
It's as simple as that. The PVC pipe part is the only item which requires some technical effort with the use of a drill and may be a saw to cut it to size.
A few tips to keep in mind are
If you find this a little tedious you can as well go ahead with growing strawberry plants in small sized pots. Strawberries have shallow roots and hence do well in shallow pots.
Strawberries attract slugs and snails. Planting them on garden soil is quite risky due to this factor. Hanging pots solve this problem quite easily, no wonder many gardeners end up growing their strawberries using this technique.
You can plant three to four crops of strawberry on the same hanging pot or basket with each plant yielding 2 pounds of fruits each basket will give you 8 pounds of succulent strawberries to enjoy. An added advantage is that the hanging strawberries will stay naturally dry and warm due to the breeze around the garden.
A few pointers to keep in mind while growing strawberries in hanging baskets are as below
It is quite easy to prepare a hanging basket or pot for growing strawberries, here's what you need to do
Buy a 14 inch wire basket - You can also buy a wooden or a plastic basket for this purpose. Most gardeners use a wire basket mostly for cosmetic purposes.
Get some potting mix, slow release fertilizer and hydrogel crystals - Mix some slow release fertilizer along with the potting mix, add some water to moisten the mixture and add some water retaining gels (hydrogel).
Use peat-moss to layer the wire basket - Soak the peat moss in water for 2 minutes and then layer it along the sides of the basket. The layer should be 2 inches thick.
Once you are done with this initial preparation you are ready to start planting. You can plant close to 4 strawberry plants along the sides. Put the potting mix into the basket and cover the roots of the strawberry plants with soil. Make sure the crown of the plant is in level with the soil.
Don't allow the soil to dry up too much, keep checking the moisture content and replenish water whenever necessary. That concludes our discussion on how to grow strawberries in hanging pots.
Whether you decide to grow strawberries in strawberry pots or in hanging pots, they make for great berries and will add flavor to your ice-creams and yoghurts throughtout the summer.