Strawberries, unlike other fruits and vegetables, grow their seeds on the outside of the fruit. While most strawberry varieties are traditionally planted in beds, you can easily grow day neutral and everbearing strawberries in containers in a sunny room or patio. With a little preparation and care, you will have fresh, juicy strawberries throughout the summer. Add them to your favorite dessert recipes, cereal or smoothies, or enjoy them fresh from the garden.
Mix equal parts sphagnum peat, perlite, and vermiculite in your growing container. Strawberries can be planted in traditional pots or, if using hanging planters lined with coco fiber, line with sphagnum and soak tbefore placing soil in them.
Remove enough soil to create a hole just larger than the root ball of your strawberry plant. Place the plant into the hole so the top of the roots are barely covered and firm up the soil with the back of your shovel or your hand. Transplant multiple strawberry plants 4 inches apart into large containers or baskets.
Place your strawberries in a sunny room or patio where they will receive at least six hours of sunlight per day.
Keep the soil as moist as a wrung-out sponge. Check the soil daily, as containers tend to dry out quickly, and add water if necessary. Dilute a liquid fertilizer high in potassium to quarter strength and apply to your plants every 10 days.
Pinch back blooms until the end of June to promote healthy root establishment and a larger fall crop of fruit.
Harvest ripe strawberries as they turn red. Check your plants daily for ripe fruit to prevent the berries from rotting on the plant.