How to Plant Everbearing Strawberries in Containers

Overview

If you long for the taste of homegrown strawberries, but do not have adequate growing room in your home landscape, do not despair. Strawberries grow enthusiastically in a variety of different containers. Everbearing strawberries are an especially good choice for home growing because they provide two strawberry crops---one in the beginning of the summer and a second at the end of the summer. Find suitable pots and plant everbearing strawberries in containers for a delicious summer harvest.

Step 1

Fill a planting container approximately 3/4 full with potting soil. Make an indentation in the center of the potting soil with the trowel.

Step 2

Remove the everbearing strawberry plant from its temporary container carefully and place it into the planting container. Nestle the strawberry plant into the potting soil and so the soil comes up to the point where the leaves begin on the plant. Firm the soil gently around the strawberry plant's roots with your hands.

Step 3

Water the strawberry plant immediately after planting. Keep the soil evenly moist, yet not saturated, throughout the growing season.

Step 4

Fertilize the strawberry plant twice per month by mixing the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations for the size of the growing container. Pour the fertilizer carefully around the soil, taking care not to splash fertilizer onto the plant foliage (because it might burn).

Step 5

Continue to water and fertilize the everbearing strawberry plant after the first harvest and the plant will produce a second harvest at the end of the growing season.

Step 6

Cut back the foliage of the strawberry plant after the second harvest and place the container in a garage or shed throughout the winter. The plant may survive the winter and grow again the next spring or you may need to replace it.

Tips and Warnings

  • When planting a strawberry plant, do not cover the crown with soil because new leaves emerge directly from the crown.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting containers (at least 12 inches deep and wide)
  • Potting soil
  • Trowel
  • Vegetable fertilizer (water-soluble)

References

  • Container Gardening Tips: Growing Strawberries in Containers
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.