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How to Care for a Hanging Strawberry Plant

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Overview

Growing strawberries at home doesn't require a lot of land. Grow strawberries with little to no space in containers and hanging baskets. While you won't have as a large a harvest with a single hanging baskets as you would a garden bed, hanging more than one basket will extend your crop.

Step 1

Hang the baskets where they receive full to partial sun---preferably on the south or east side of your home. Check that the sun isn't blocked by overhanging eaves or trees.

Step 2

Check the soil daily and water as needed to keep the soil moist. Water up to two times daily during hot, dry spells as strawberry plants in hanging baskets dry out more quickly than strawberries planted in the ground or in on-ground containers.

Step 3

Fertilize weekly with a liquid balanced fertilizer. Mix the fertilizer with water according to label instructions for your basket size. Fertilize only during the active growing season and not after plants go dormant in winter.

Step 4

Remove runners from the plants as they form. Cut them off where they emerge from the main strawberry plant. Runners look like stems growing along the the top of the soil or trailing over the basket edge.

Tips and Warnings

  • Hanging baskets must have a well drained soil mixture in them or the soil will become soggy and breed disease or drown the strawberry roots. Make your own soil mix by combining 1 part sand, 1 part finely ground fir bark and 2 parts potting soil or compost.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Shears

References

  • Oregon State University
Keywords: hanging basket strawberry, container strawberry plant care, container gardening

About this Author

Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.