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How to Use a Strawberry Planter

By Jennifer Loucks ; Updated September 21, 2017

A strawberry planter is a jar-shaped pot with holes or balcony protrusions. The planter is sometimes called a Mexican strawberry pot because it is made from terra cotta. The structure of the pot allows room for the strawberry vines to hang down the side and allows space for numerous plants to grow without overcrowding. Strawberry planters make a nice addition to patio gardening and will produce fruit throughout the summer months when cared for properly.

Planting Strawberries in the Planter

Verify the strawberry planter has bottom drainage holes prior to purchasing. Purchase small strawberry plants, as they are easier to fit into the holes.

Add a 1-inch layer of gravel or pebbles at the bottom of the container to help with drainage. Fill the planter halfway to the first hole with a potting soil mix. You can make your own by mixing compost with hydroponics balls. The balls help with drainage, ventilation and moisture retention.

Insert a strawberry plant through the first hole, making sure the roots are separated and spread into the interior of the pot. Make sure the root is covered by at least 1 inch of compost. Plant all holes that are on this level of the planter. Gently pack the soil as you add additional dirt. Water lightly as you move from layer to layer.

Continue adding soil to the container and stopping at each level of holes. Plant the strawberry plants into the holes and continue. Gently pack the soil as you add more. Water lightly as you move from layer to layer.

Plant two or three strawberry plants in the wide top hole of the planter. Make sure the roots spread out and are buried several inches into the soil layer. Add an additional inch of soil to the top.

Move the strawberry planter to a sunny location. Water the container well from the top and into each balcony hole.

Rotate the pot several times a week. Monitor the moisture level of the pot and water every day, if needed, during the heat of summer.


Things You Will Need

  • Gravel
  • Potting soil mix
  • Compost
  • Hydroponics balls
  • Strawberry plants


  • The strawberry planter gets very heavy when watered, so move it when the soil is still dry.
  • Put the strawberry planter in a garage or crawl space during the winter if your area has freezing temperatures.

About the Author


Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.