How to Plant Strawberries in Hanging Baskets

Overview

Hanging baskets filled with garden strawberries create a mini-garden outside the back door or on a sunny porch, providing quick and simple harvesting. Growing them in hanging baskets also discourages pests, such as small rodents, from devouring the fruit before you can harvest it. Once summer is over, store the basket in a cool area for winter, and the plants will be ready to grow the following spring.

Step 1

Fill a hanging basket with equal parts all-purpose potting soil, peat moss and perlite until three-quarters full.

Step 2

Position four or five strawberry seedlings, spaced evenly, on the surface of the dirt mixture in a 12-inch pot. Keep the plants approximately 2 inches from the pot's rim. Spread the roots out and cover with soil (using the mix ratio in Step 1). Leave the crown (the area where the leaves branch from the roots) of each seedling exposed. Tamp the soil with your hands to secure the plants and to remove air pockets.

Step 3

Soak the soil in the basket until water runs out the drainage holes.

Step 4

Hang in the basket in a location that receives 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. In most geographic regions, this means the basket can not be shaded by structures or trees during morning, midday and afternoon.

Step 5

Fertilize with a water-soluble fertilizer every 14 days following the recommended strength on the package.

Step 6

Remove dead leaves regularly and keep the pot free of fallen leaves or other plant debris. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. The amount of water required depends on weather conditions. Plants grown in containers require more frequent watering than those grown in the soil, as they dry out quickly.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use more than the recommended amount of fertilizer: It may damage young roots or foliage.

References

  • American Cancer Society
  • University of Illinois Extension
  • New Mexico State University

Who Can Help

  • Strawberry Cultivars
Keywords: strawberries, hanging basket, strawberry seedlings

About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.