How to Grow Strawberries in a Container

How to Grow Strawberries in a Container

Who doesn’t love fresh strawberries in the Spring?  Ever wish you could grow your own?  Container gardening to the rescue!  Let me show you how to grow strawberries in a container!

Strawberries represent that Springtime has arrived!

Not only are strawberries delicious, but they supply Vitamin C, manganese,  folate, potassium and high levels of antioxidants.

And don’t forget about how fabulous strawberries are in pies, cakes, jams, jellies, smoothies and just raw!

So, let’s get to growing some strawberries in a container!

 

strawberry plants in the ground

 

Are There Different Kinds of Strawberries?

Strawberries come in two varieties:

June-bearing – As the name indicates, these berries bear fruit in June.   June-bearing are for those who prefer to have a large amount of strawberries at one time, in order to bake and preserve them.

I prefer June-bearing strawberries because I like to freeze my berries as well as make Strawberry preserves.  I find that I can pick berries for 3-4 weeks.

Ever-bearing – Ever-bearing strawberries will bear fruit all summer, but in very small amounts.  This works for folks who just want a few berries a day for smoothies or cereal.

 

one ripe strawberry and three green strawberries hanging from container

 

Where Can I Purchase Strawberry Plants?

Most nurseries and many big box stores will have strawberry plants.  

You will also find them on Amazon and Stark Brothers.

When buying plants, look for organic, non-GMO plants for best results!

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What Kind of Soil Do I Need for My Strawberries?

Choose a soil that’s for container gardening.

You won’t be able to use soil from your garden for container gardening.  It’s simply too coarse and dense.

 

strawberry roots

 

How to Plant Strawberry Plants

Before you can plant your strawberry plants, you’re going to need to choose a container.

You can use everything from a 3-gallon bucket to a hanging pot, but I’m choosing stackable gardening pots.

stackable growing pots

Ok, I totally LOVE these stacking garden pots!

They are light-weight and take up very little room on your patio or back porch!

Yet, they allow you to plant 3 plants, per unit, and you can stack them as high as you want!

(The Mr. Stacky planter above is different than the off-brand stacking planter in the pictures below!)

bottom drainage holes of stackable planter

See how nicely they drain?  Plants don’t like soggy roots, drainage is critical.

stackable planters

How to Plant Strawberries in Your Stackable Pots

When planting strawberries, it’s important that you plant them correctly.

As you can see the parts of a strawberry plant below, you will want to cover the strawberries roots with soil up to the “just right” line.

parts of a strawberry plant

Soak your strawberries plants in water for about 10 minutes before planting.

Next, I put a layer of container potting mix in the bottom of the container, and then lay my strawberry crowns in a way that the roots can spread out.

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strawberry plants in stackable planter

Always make sure that you spread the strawberry’s roots out, never bunch them up!

Then, add enough soil to cover the roots completely, up to the bottom of the crown.

planting strawberries in a container

I still need to add a little more soil here, make sure you cover the roots entirely.

 

For this project, I decided to start two strawberry container gardens.

One is a large terra cotta pot, and I planted chives in the center as a companion plant.

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Make sure to check your soil daily and don’t let it dry out.  Water your strawberries consistently.

Container gardens tend to dry out more quickly than when you plant in the ground.

strawberry blossoms in a container
                                                                              Just a few weeks later!

How Much Sunlight do Strawberry Plants Need??

Strawberries require a full day of sun in order to produce berries!

So, wherever you decide to place them, remember that they need sun all day long.

 

Within a few days, you’ll see how quickly your strawberries begin to grow!

Will I Get Berries the First Year?

Yes, you have a good chance of getting strawberries in your first year of planting them!

However, your plants will produce much more in the coming years!

From my experience, strawberry plants tend to pitter out after about 4 years and need to be replaced.

Enjoy your strawberry container garden!

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