How to Plant Hanging Strawberries


Strawberries are warm-climate fruit plants requiring full sun to thrive. Growing strawberry plants in hanging baskets has many advantages. Baskets can be hung nearly anywhere in your yard from gardening poles to ensure maximum sunlight exposure. Growing strawberries off the ground also keeps them out of reach of slugs, snails and other crawling creatures that love to snack on the sweet fruit in the garden. Strawberry plants mold easily, so keeping the soil moist, but the plants dry, is essential.

Step 1

Place a layer of small rocks or gravel at the bottom of the hanging basket. This will improve drainage.

Step 2

Mix potting soil with a slow-release plant fertilizer. Follow the product directions for the proper amounts.

Step 3

Fill the hanging basket with the potting soil. The soil should sit 3/4 inch below the top of the basket.

Step 4

Plant three or four young strawberry plants in the soil. Dig holes only slightly deeper than the height of the root ball. Place the plants into the holes and fill in with soil. The soil should cover the roots, but not the plant stems.

Step 5

Place another layer of gravel over the soil, around the plants. This will help the soil retain moisture and keep the leaves from coming in contact with the wet soil.

Step 6

Water the plants regularly. Once every day or every second day will be necessary as baskets dry out quickly.

Step 7

Fertilize the plants once every two weeks.

Step 8

Transplant the strawberry plants once they become crowded. Move them to either a larger basket or plant fewer in the same-sized basket.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never allow the soil in the hanging basket to dry out. Always keep the soil moist, but not soggy.

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging baskets
  • Potting soil
  • Slow-release fertilizer
  • Small stones or gravel


  • Royal Horticulture Society: Growing Fruit in Containers
  • Self-Sufficient: Growing Strawberries in Hanging Baskets
  • University of Illinois Extension: Growing Strawberries

Who Can Help

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