How to Raise Strawberries in Hanging Baskets

Overview

People from all over the world eat raw, baked, sauteed or cooked strawberries. Grow them in your backyard, planter box or even a hanging basket if you lack garden space, but enjoy this succulent summer fruit. Growing strawberries in hanging baskets prevents rodents, slugs, squirrels or birds from eating them, and decorates a particular spot with tiny white flowers before they turn to fruit. Mount your hanging basket outside your kitchen door, on your sunny front porch, or besides your front door, and pick them as soon as they are ripe.

Step 1

Place a 10- to 12-inch-wide wire hanging basket in front of you on a table. Soak enough peat moss to form a 1- to 1 1/2-inch lining for the hanging basket in a bucket of water for 10 minutes. Squeeze excess water between your palms and line the hanging basket. Press it down so it is flat and even.

Step 2

Fill the hanging basket with equal parts of perlite, vermiculite and all-purpose potting soil until 2/3 full. This lightweight and porous potting mix provides growing strawberries essential nutrients they need.

Step 3

Make a hole in the potting mix, 2 inches from the outer edges of the basket, with a stick, and lower the root ball of a strawberry seedling into it. Repeat this procedure to add four or five more seedlings into the hanging basket. Space the seedlings evenly apart, ensuring the planting holes are 2 inches inward from the rim. Tamp the potting mix down with your fingers.

Step 4

Water the hanging basket thoroughly until water runs out from the base. Hang your basket in a sunny spot but away from direct sunlight for the first three to four days to acclimatize the seedlings to the hanging basket. After that, move them to a sunny spot--or one that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.

Step 5

Inspect the hanging basket regularly, especially if the weather gets too hot. Water it frequently to keep the potting mix evenly moist. Follow manufacturer's directions to feed the strawberry plants a water-soluble, high-phosphorus fertilizer every 10 days to two weeks.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not over-water your strawberries, and avoid watering them in the evening to prevent mildew from spreading. Mildew is a fungal disease that spreads in moist and humid conditions. Treat your strawberries with a spray that is safe for edibles and wildlife.

Things You'll Need

  • 8- to 10-inch-wide hanging wire basket
  • Peat moss
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Perlite
  • Vermiculite
  • Potting soil
  • Stick
  • 6 strawberry seedlings
  • Watering can
  • Water-soluble fertilizer

References

  • Self Sufficient: Grow Strawberries in Hanging Baskets
  • BBC Gardening Guides: Grow Your Own Strawberries
Keywords: hanging baskets, growing strawberries, strawberry seedlings

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