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How to Use a Topsy Turvy to Grow Strawberries

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Overview

Fifteen pockets of the Topsy Turvy strawberry planter can each be planted with one or two plants, making it possible to grow up to 30 strawberry plants in one Topsy Turvy planter. Once the strawberries are planted, just keep the plants watered and fertilized, and you'll soon have plenty of fresh, juicy strawberries right at your fingertips, no bending or stooping required.

Step 1

Purchase strawberry plants at a garden store or greenhouse. If you want multiple harvests, choose an everbearing strawberry plant. Everbearing strawberries will bear fruit two or three times during the growing season. June bearing strawberries will bloom only once.

Step 2

Purchase strawberry plants at a garden store or greenhouse. If you want multiple harvests, choose an everbearing strawberry plant. Everbearing strawberries will bear fruit two or three times during the growing season. June bearing strawberries will bloom only once.

Step 3

Drill a hole for the hook and eye enclosed with the Topsy Turvy strawberry bag. Mount the enclosed hook and eye into the solid wood of a balcony or overhang. The Topsy Turvy strawberry bag will be heavy when it's planted, so hang it from a sturdy beam or stud.

Step 4

Add potting mixture to the bag, up to the first strawberry planting port. Plant a strawberry plant in the port, with all the roots buried in the potting mixture.

Step 5

Continue adding potting mixture to bring the level of soil up to the second strawberry port, then plant one or two strawberry plants in the port. Continue until strawberries are planted in all of the ports.

Step 6

Fill the Topsy Turvy planter with potting mixture up to about 2 inches from the top.

Step 7

Place the nozzle of a garden hose in the hole on top of the planter and turn the water on a slow drip. Allow the water to drip for 30 minutes, or until the potting mixture is saturated. Water the strawberry plants every day, especially during hot, dry weather. Water slowly so the potting mixture can absorb the water.

Step 8

Feed the strawberry plants a fertilizer formulated for them. Apply the fertilizer according to the recommendations on the package, and re-apply as directed throughout the growing season. Don't apply more fertilizer than recommended; too much fertilizer can cause green, bushy plants and no fruit.

Step 9

Turn the planter once a week so the strawberry plants will be equally exposed to sunlight. The planter has a swivel for this purpose.

Step 10

Use kitchen shears to trim any runners that grow from the strawberry plants. Runners will draw energy from the plant.

Step 11

Bring the Topsy Turvy indoors before the weather freezes in early winter. If possible, hang the planter near a window so the strawberries will be exposed to sunlight. The strawberries will be dormant but will benefit from an occasional light watering so the soil doesn't become bone dry. Move the planter back outdoors as soon as freezing weather has passed.

Things You'll Need

  • Strawberry plants
  • Drill
  • Topsy Turvy planter and hanger
  • Commercial potting mixture
  • Garden hose
  • Fertilizer for strawberry plants
  • Kitchen shears

References

  • Felknor Ventures: Strawberry Bag Instructions
  • How to Garden Guide: Topsy Turvy Hanging Strawberry Planter--Upside Down Strawberry Bag
  • University of Illinois: Growing Strawberries
Keywords: Topsy Turvy, strawberry plants, Topsy Turvy planter, Topsy Turvy strawberries, grow strawberries

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.