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How to Grow Strawberries in Styrofoam

By Angela Price ; Updated September 21, 2017

Growing strawberries in Styrofoam is actually a really great way to conserve space. Grow strawberries in Styrofoam with help from the owner of Eden Condensed, a small space garden design in Los Angeles, California, in this free video clip.


Hi, I'm Angela Price from Eden Condensed Small Space Garden Design, and today I'm going to show you how to use Styrofoam cups to plant strawberries in and use them as a way, kind of as a temporary planter until you're ready to put them out into the garden or into a larger pot. So if you happen to germinate your own strawberries or you buy strawberry rise-ems from a nursery center or from a catalog you can actually plant them in Styrofoam because it will act as an insulation agent while they're getting big enough in order to go outside. And especially if your weather is a little iffy. You've got some warm days, cold days, you're not sure if you're still going to have some frost, it's a good idea to grow the strawberries indoors until they're ready to transplant outside. So but I would use a larger Styrofoam cup. I think this is a 16 ounce cup. The other thing that you want to make sure is that you put a drainage hole in the bottom of it. And you can just do that by poking a hole with a pair of scissors. I'm actually going to put two holes in this one. And then you want to fill it with some nice organic potting soil. I always use organic potting soil when I'm planting edibles. And then you can pop your strawberry seedling inside of here and fill in with a little more soil. Now strawberries, you see here on this one there's a little leaf coming up. Strawberries don't like to have the bottoms of them covered so make sure that where the leaves and the stems are coming up that you don't cover that over. The other thing is that you do want to keep them evenly moist. And I would use a household sprayer just filled with water, just to spray them. If you put too much water in them we put the hole in them so they will drain, but you don't want to water log the container. And that's pretty much it. So if you have any questions about how to grow strawberries using Styrofoam please contact me at www.edencondensed.com. Thank you very much.


About the Author

Angela Price is the owner of Eden Condensed, small space garden design, in Los Angeles, California.