Fresh strawberries indicate the arrival of summertime in many areas. Gardening with strawberries requires a few special considerations. Strawberry plants spread and often become invasive. For this reason, many gardeners plant strawberries in a location separate from other plants. This practice also helps to keep weeds out of strawberry beds. Planting strawberries in pots provides an alternative for gardeners with limited space, as well as those who require less fruit than the amount provided by large gardening techniques. Many varieties of strawberries grow well in containers.
Select a strawberry pot designed to hold strawberry plants. These are shaped like urns with numerous large holes placed along the sides. Avoid small pots for any purposes other than ornamental. A decent harvest requires medium to large pots. Choose a pot that has several small drainage holes in the bottom to allow removal of excess moisture.
Purchase your strawberry plants. Choose reliable cultivars for eating purposes, such as Ozark Beauty. This variety produces sweet, firm berries for snacking or mixing up in recipes. Choose small Alpine strawberries for decorative purposes.
Place a thin layer of small gravel in the bottom of your strawberry pot. This keeps the water moving downwards to the drainage holes, rather than trapping it near the roots. Purchase a bag of clean potting soil to plant your strawberries in. Strawberries thrive in average, well-drained soils. Do not use soil from your garden. This practice often introduces weeds into the strawberry pot. Slowly fill your pot with the potting soil. Each time you reach the level of a hole, stop and gently insert one of your strawberry seedlings into the soil at the base of the hole. Lightly firm the soil around each plant's roots as you proceed. Plant all strawberry plants into your pot in this manner.
Place your strawberry pot in a location that receives full sun to partial shade. Water your strawberry plants, keeping the soil slightly moist at all times. Potted strawberries require more frequent watering than those growing in the ground. Begin harvesting your fresh berries as they begin to ripen.