How to Build a Stackable Strawberry Planter


One way to save space on your patio or deck is to use a stackable strawberry planter. Not only will you be able to grow fresh, delicious strawberries at your house just outside your door, but you can also grow more strawberries in less space because the stackable planter creates vertical planting space. With a few simple supplies you can prepare and plant up to eight strawberry plants on the floor space of just one container.

Step 1

Place your saucer and the largest planter in the area where you want to grow your strawberries. This should be an area of full sun that you can access easily for regular maintenance and watering.

Step 2

Stand the garden stake up in the center of the planter with the stake going into the center drainage hole of the container. Have a friend hold the stake in place while you add 1-2 inches of gravel or broken terra cotta to the bottom of the pot.

Step 3

Layer a portion of coco liner around the base of the stake. Fill the planter with potting soil up to about 2 inches from the rim of the planter. Pack the soil down lightly to secure the stake, but not so much that the roots of your plants won't be able to get through.

Step 4

Slip the top of the stake through the central drain hole of your medium size pot and run the pot down the stake until it rests on the soil of the first pot. Add an inch of gravel or terra cotta to the medium pot, followed by a small amount of coconut husk around the stake, and fill with potting soil up to an inch from the rim.

Step 5

Add the smallest of the containers following the directions in step 4. When you fill this pot with soil be sure the remainder of the garden stake is covered with soil so it isn't sticking out of the pot. Saw the stake shorter, if needed, so it isn't sticking up.

Step 6

Start at the top and plant one strawberry plant in the center of the small pot. Space three plants evenly in the medium pot, and set four plants spaced out evenly in the bottom pot. Water the plants well for the first month and then only as needed once you see signs of new growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Three planters--6, 12 and 20 inches in diameter
  • Plastic plant saucer for base of your largest planter
  • Small garden stake or dowel rod, approximately 2-3 feet long
  • Gravel or broken pieces of terra cotta
  • Coco liner material
  • Potting soil
  • Handsaw
  • Strawberry plants
  • Water


  • "Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening"; Carroll C. Calkins; 1993
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.