If you're short on garden space, don't let that stop you from planting juicy, delicious strawberrries. Plant strawberries in hanging pots and you'll have fresh berries to eat by the handful, or to stir into ice cream or yogurt. Strawberries planted in pots aren't only useful, but the plants add a decorative element to a deck or balcony. Even if you have plenty of garden space, planting strawberries in hanging pots is fun, convenient, and a great way to thwart hungry slugs.
Purchase strawberry plants to plant in the hanging pot. If you want to harvest berries all season, choose everbearing strawberries such as Quinault or Allstar. Unlike June-bearing plants that will only produce one harvest, everbearing strawberries will bear fruit two or three times from summer to autumn.
Fill a pot with a commercial potting soil with an added timed-release fertilizer. You can also use all-purpose commercial potting soil and add timed-release fertilizer according to the directions on the fertilizer package. Fill the pot up to within 1 to 2 inches from the top. Be sure the pot is at least 12 to 14 inches deep, and that it has bottom drainage and a sturdy hanger.
Use a trowel to dig a small hole for each strawberry plant. Make the hole large enough to accommodate the plant's roots, but be sure the crown of the plant is slightly above the soil. The crown, which is where the roots join the plant, can rot if it's planted too deep. Allow 2 to 3 inches between each plant.
Water the strawberry pot lightly to settle the soil. If necessary, add enough additional soil to replace soil that has settled.
Hang the strawberry pot where the strawberries will be exposed to at least six hours of sunlight per day. Place the pot where the plants will be sheltered from hot, dry wind. Turn the pot every week so all of the strawberry plants are exposed to equal amounts of sunshine.
Check the strawberries daily. If the potting soil is dry to the touch, water the plants immediately. Soil in hanging pots dries out quickly, so strawberries in hanging pots may need to be watered twice daily during hot, dry weather.