Strawberry Planter Ideas

Strawberry planters are urn- shaped planters that have holes with a supporting ledge cut out of the pot on several levels. Strawberries are planted into each of the holes. The berries hang down out of the soil and remain cleaner than if planted in the garden. A side benefit is the planter is easily covered with bird netting if feathered friends are snacking on your berries. If you don't like strawberries there are other uses for the pot.

Succulent Garden

The openings in strawberry pot are the perfect size for succulents. Echeveria Afterglow is a good choice. It has gray leaves edged with pink. The leaves form a rosette shape. Sedum with its small plump leaves is another option. Mix potting soil with an equal amount of sand. Fill the container to the first set of openings. Place the succulent's roots in the hole. Fill the container to the next set of openings and repeat. Succulents root easily. Buy three varieties that require the same amount of lighting, be it direct sun, shade or dappled shade. Divide one plant into cuttings to plant in the strawberry pot's openings. Cut the stem about 4 inches long. Remove any leaves from the bottom 3 inches, but leave at least four leaves on the stem. Let the cut heal over. Then plant.

Herb Pot

Herbs do well in larger strawberry pots. Choose spreading herbs rather than herbs that grow tall like dill, fennel and lemon verbena. Good choices would be lemon thyme and creeping thyme, tarragon, oregano and marjoram. They all have a spreading habit and will soon cover the strawberry pot. Plant a mid-sized herb such as parsley, basil or cilantro in the top of the pot.

Trailing Flowers

Small trailing flowers like lobelia, alyssum and candytuft will soon cover the pot with flowers. Keep the colors all the same or vary them for a different look. Make sure the root ball of the flower is completely inside the hole. A good way to do this is to dip the root ball in water and then gently squeeze it into an oblong shape that is easy to slip into the opening.

Stacked

Construct an unusual display of flowers by stacking a small strawberry pot on top of a larger one. Decide where the pots will go. Hammer a wood stake that is smaller than the diameter of the drainage holes in the bottom of both the strawberry pots 6 inches into the ground. The stake should be almost as tall as both the pots are tall. Make sure the stake is vertically straight. Slide the large strawberry pot over the stake. Slide the smaller pot on the stake and place in the middle of the first pot. The stake keeps the pots from tipping over.

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