Growing Strawberry Plants in Pots

Overview

Instead of decorating your home with flowers and other ornamental plants you can opt for strawberries. They will not only enliven a home, but will provide juicy berries through the growing season you can snack on. Strawberries are easy to grow in pots. You can grow them in hanging baskets, flower pots or even barrels.

Step 1

Make sure your pot has good drainage. Strawberrries should not be allowed to sit in water.

Step 2

Fill your container with loamy potting soil. Mix compost into the soil, and then add a 5-10-5 fertilizer.

Step 3

Dig a hole in the soil large enough for the root ball of one of your plants.

Step 4

Release one of your strawberry seedlings from the starter pot it came in. Most plant nurseries sell a wide variety of seedlings in early spring, so it should be relatively easy to find seedlings.

Step 5

Press the root ball into the soil firmly, and cover with soil to just below the crown of the plant.

Step 6

Repeat with your other strawberry plants. Space each plant at about 6 inches apart. Your plants will likely put out runners to produce more plants in the container. If you are using a hanging basket, plant a separate plant in each opening by starting with the lowest one first.

Step 7

Water your strawberries just enough to dampen the soil. Continue to water daily so that the soil never dries out. Place your plants in a sunny location where they will get 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day. Use a grow light if you don't have a sunny location available.

Step 8

Reduce the amount of water your plants gets in the winter, but still do not let the soil dry out. Reapply fertilizer in early spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot of any shape or size
  • Strawberry seedlings
  • 5-10-5 fertilizer

References

  • Strawberry Plant Guide
  • Container Garden Strawberries
Keywords: berries, indoor planting, strawberries

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.