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Overview

Eating strawberries picked right off your very strawberry plant provides you with the freshest berries around. You can grow strawberries outside in a garden, but a plot of land is not required. Growing strawberries inside is similar to growing them outside. You need adequate sun, good soil and healthy strawberry plants. The main difference is the use of containers to grow indoor strawberries.

Step 1

Find an indoor location that provides at least six hours of full sunlight per day. Growing strawberries in locations with less sunlight will affect the overall plant growth. Move or rotate the strawberry plants, if needed to provide ample sunlight.

Step 2

Obtain planter boxes with dimensions of at least 6 to 8 inches tall, 5 to 7 inches wide and 1.5 to 4 feet long. Cut a piece of screen to cover the drainage holes on the bottom of the planters. This will prevent the soil from leaking out.

Step 3

Fill the planter boxes with fresh top-quality soil. Use soil that includes time-released fertilizer or mix in additional fertilizer, as directed.

Step 4

Dig a hole for each strawberry that keeps the crown (part above roots) of the plant at the same level of the soil. Plant the strawberries 10 to 14 inches apart.

Step 5

Water the strawberries thoroughly after planting. Add more soil, if needed, to cover the roots after settling. Check the soil often and water again, when top 1 to 2 inches is dry.

Step 6

Prune any runners that emerge around the plants to increase fruit production for the first season. Allow strawberries to ripen on plants before harvesting.

Things You'll Need

  • Planter boxes
  • Screen
  • Scissors
  • Potting mix
  • Fertilizer
  • Hand trowel
  • Water
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Master Gardeners: Growing Strawberries for the Home Garden
  • Growing-Strawberry.com: Growing Strawberries in Containers
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service: Growing Strawberries

Who Can Help

  • University of Illinois Extension: Growing Strawberries
  • West Virginian University Extension: Container Gardening
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About this Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.