How to Plant Strawberry Plants in a Strawberry Pot

Overview

Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits grown by home gardeners. Not only are they easy to grow, but they are tasty and a great source of vitamin C as well. Strawberries are running plants, which means they spread quickly and can even become invasive. For this reason, or simply to save space, many home gardeners choose to plant strawberry plants in strawberry pots. Most varieties of strawberries grow very well in pots, and the pots also make an attractive display on a porch or deck.

Step 1

Decide which type of strawberries you would like to grow. Cultivated strawberries (which are different from wild) are loosely divided into two groups: one being for eating and the other for decorative purposes. The varieties for eating produce larger fruit, but you can grow both types in a strawberry pot.

Step 2

Choose a container made specifically for strawberries. These special pots are shaped like urns and have holes cut out on the sides, with smaller holes on the bottom for drainage. Strawberry pots can be plastic or clay.

Step 3

Place a small screen of wire mesh on the bottom of the pot. This will prevent soil from exiting out the drainage holes of the pot along with the water. Move the strawberry pot to its final location, which should be in a sunny area, or one with partial shade. If you fill the pot and then try to move it, it will be extremely heavy and difficult to move.

Step 4

Fill the strawberry pot with potting soil up to the lowest hole cut out of the side of the pot. Remove one of the smaller plants from the plastic container. Gently shake the soil off the roots of the plant and plant it in the soil at the base of the hole. Tamp down the soil around the plant and surround it with moss to keep the soil from slipping out of the hole.

Step 5

Continue to fill in the pot with soil, stopping to plant a strawberry plant whenever you reach the level of a hole. Plant your largest strawberry plants when you reach the top of the pot.

Step 6

Water the strawberry plants thoroughly immediately after planting them, and keep the soil moist throughout the growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Strawberry pot
  • 3 small strawberry plants
  • 5 large strawberry plants
  • Wire mesh (cut to fit the bottom of the pot)
  • Potting soil (enough to fill the pot)
  • Moss
  • Watering tool

References

  • Home Made Simple: Plant a Pot of Strawberries

Who Can Help

  • University of Alabama: Strawberries on Your Patio
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About this Author

April Sanders has been an educator since 1998. Nine years later she began writing curriculum. She currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education.