How to Pot a Strawberry Plant

Overview

Strawberry plants grow well when planted in what is called a "strawberry pot." This container is a tall planter with many openings on the side to allow room for multiple plants in one container. The design of the planter creates room for the strawberry runners to hang down without being crowded. Strawberry plants can be planted in the fall season for U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 5 and higher or in early spring, while the temperatures are still cold, for USDA growing zones 1 through 5.

Step 1

Purchase a strawberry planting container in the desired size. Place a piece of wire mesh over the bottom drainage hole to prevent the soil from leaching out of the pot during watering.

Step 2

Fill the pot with potting soil to the first planting hole. Plant a strawberry plant in the hole so the crown is at the soil level. Gently pack soil around the roots to hold in place. Continue to fill the strawberry pot with soil and stop at each hole to insert a strawberry plant.

Step 3

Fill the strawberry pot with potting soil to the top once all the side holes have been planted. Plant 2 to 3 strawberry plants in the large top opening and gently firm the soil around the roots to hold in place.

Step 4

Place sphagnum moss around the openings of each hole that has a strawberry plant in it. This will assist with moisture retention and prevent soil from washing out of the hole during watering.

Step 5

Gently water the pot after planting is complete. Make sure the water penetrates through the entire pot. Continue to water the plants each day to keep the soil moist during the growing season.

Step 6

Fertilize strawberry plants every 10 days once the plant begins to flower. Use a high potassium fertilizer rated for vegetable and fruit plants.

Step 7

Place the strawberry pot in a sunny location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Rotate the pot two to three times a week so all plants receive adequate sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Strawberry pot
  • Wire mesh
  • Strawberry plants
  • Potting soil
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Water
  • High potassium fertilizer
  • Netting

References

  • Virginia Tech Department of Horticulture: Growing Strawberries
  • Home Made Simple: Planting a Strawberry Pot
  • Do It Yourself: How to Plant and Grow Strawberries
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About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.