Strawberry From Hanging Planter

Growing Strawberries in Hanging Containers / Grow Bags

Even if space is a problem, you can certainly find a corner of your world to hang a strawberry planter.  The sun-warmed, sweet berries are far superior to the store bought ones that ripen in plastic domes. Once established you have plenty more plants year after year.

It’s around this time each year that I start salivating for sweet, fresh berries as I see my hanging strawberry planter growing in and the flowers forming.  Establishing a fruit-bearing crop in a growing bag is not difficult, but there are a few key steps that will certainly help.

 Hanging Strawberry Bag Planter with lots of berries

Site Selection

Strawberries like many fruiting plants really like lots of sun.  It’s not to say that that a crop in a partly shaded are won’t bear fruit, but the fruit will be larger, sweeter and more prolific in 8-12 hours of fun sun a day.  Hanging planters will make the soil much warmer than the ground warm and out of reach from many pests which creates an more environment that can tolerate a less sun if necessary.

Container

I was able to find a green “Flower Tower” at a thrift store many years ago, but there are also very inexpensive grow bags that you can buy online or at hardware and garden stores.  You could certainly make your own, although with the price of these and all the hardware included, it seems more trouble than it’s worth.  If you don’t like the look of the bags (they ARE ugly) then wait a few months.  Soon you won’t see it at all with all the plants growing in.

Soil

Hanging baskets can get pretty heavy when filled with soil and water.  Regular garden soil isn’t light enough and compacts too easily for hanging planters.  The best choice is a container gardening mix that has lots of material mixed in to hold water, ensure drainage, and promote good air circulation. Add a few scoops of organic matter and mix well.  Strawberries like an acidic soil so stay away from mushroom manure which typically has lime in it.  I like to use my garden compost for the organic matter.

Plants

Strawberries are either June-Bearing (one large crop in early Summer) or Ever-Bearing (crop spread out over the summer months).  I like June-bearing as they produce more fruit.  Choose plants that are free from pests and disease, often it’s best to get them from a nursery to be sure.  Strawberry plants spread quickly through runners so if you have an established patch somewhere, or a neighbour does, you can easily clip those to start your planter.

Planting

  1. Fill the bag loosely with potting soil water thoroughly and slowly to ensure water gets absorbed throughout.

  2. Shake the soil off the roots of the strawberry plants and gently tuck them into the planting holes. Snip off any brown leaves, runners or roots and top up with more soil mix.

how to divide strawberry roots

  3. Water thoroughly and slowly again, allowing the water to absorb into the soil rather than just running straight off through the holes.

how to plant a topsy turvy strawberry planter

  4. Hang and get ready for strawberries!

How to grow strawberries in Hanging Planters tutorial

Watering

Watering these hanging bags can be tricky.  The water tends to quickly flow through the holes while the plant gets established.  If you lack the patience and arm strength to water very slowly, try a watering spike attached to a soda bottle or make your own by cutting a hole in the bottom of a soda bottle and poking a few weep holes in the cap.  Screw the cap on firmly and sink into the soil.  Fill with water and let drain.  Be careful not to let the planter dry out, particularly when it’s hot.

Fertilizer

Add a slow-release organic fertilizer at planting (a balanced 10-10-10) and a compost tea when flowering.  A compost tea or some Moo Poo Tea (from my friend, Annie Haven) are perfect to water with every few weeks in the spring and early summer.  Stop fertilizing when the fruit forms and water frequently for plump fruit.

 

Hopefully this will get you started with hanging strawberries as part of You Can Grow That! day created by C.L. of Whole Life Gardening.  For ideas on what to do with all your juicy berries check out Strawberry Coconut TorteOrganic Strawberry Jam, and Strawberry Balsamic & Black Pepper Preserves.

bowl of fresh strawberries



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About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Lisa
    LisaMay 4,12

    This is great! I am planning to purchase some strawberry plants this weekend and stick them in an empty strawberry planter, but now I am wondering if a hanging planter might not work better. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Benita
    BenitaMay 4,12

    Nice post and pictures. I many start hanging my berries because they can overrun their patch and take over the area. Appreciate your work!

  3. Jane Gates
    Jane GatesMay 5,12

    Strawberries make a decorative groundcover in the flower bed. And there are now varieties that flower in pink, too. Great instructions. Thanks!

  4. BRIDGET ELAHCENE
    BRIDGET ELAHCENEMay 6,12

    Good post with nice clear pics – I tried growing strawberries this way a few years ago and was very disappointed with the results. I kept them watered but I can only presume it was because they were not a container variety..?

  5. Melissa
    MelissaMay 6,12

    Thank you so much for the great pictures and tutorial. I have been wanting to try these hanging strawberry plants for a while, but just hadn’t had the courage yet. Now I know what to expect. Thanks again.

    Melissa

  6. Raymond
    RaymondMay 8,12

    Wow, those strawberries look so delicious!! i’ve got to try that!! Hey, just wanted to make you aware of my new site that was a long time in the coming, pick my crop is a solution to overgrowth! check it out i think it can be a good resource and solution to many people! http://pickmycrop.com http://www.facebook.com/PickMyCrop

  7. Melanie
    MelanieMay 8,12

    Great advice Stevie. My strawberries are in a raised bed and now the snow has finally melted they are slowly beginning to grow again.

  8. Andres
    AndresApril 4,13

    Yearly I bring a few guys in to complete some yard work in my back garden, mainly caring
    for the lawn though. Love it in summer when you can walk around ones soft lawn with no socks on your feet!

  9. Sarah
    SarahApril 13,13

    I started something similar, using a cleaned-up plastic trash can, pvc and such. The berries grew and were fine, for year one, but then I didn’t know whether to leave the plants, or if they’ll come back. I shoved it into the garage for the winter (we’re zone 4/5) and am waiting to see what happens. Have you any experience with this?

  10. Sarah
    SarahApril 13,13

    Or do you replace the plants yearly? And how feasible do you think it would be to use straw in place of some of the soil for lightening the container?

  11. Stevie
    StevieApril 17,13

    Hi Sarah, I don’t replace the plants each year unless I see signs of disease. I do replace the soil though as such a small amount of soil gets depleted in a growing season. I’m not sure that straw would have enough nutrition available for the berries, but I do mix in peat moss with my soil to lighten it up and retain moisture. Good luck with your berries!

  12. Amanda
    AmandaMay 7,13

    what do you do with the planter for the winter?

  13. Stephanie
    StephanieMay 7,13

    I just store it under cover outdoors in my area. Like under a deck. Then in the spring I replace the soil and replant the plants.

  14. Paige
    PaigeJune 19,13

    What a great and practical idea! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Victor Dries
    Victor DriesJanuary 18,14

    I neen 100 or 200 hanging strawberries
    I am beginner and an advise from you is welcome
    I live in bulgaria in Vidin very good and long summers
    I have 300 fruit treesbut we must expand and have also interesse in kiwis
    good weekend
    Mr Dries

  16. Victor Dries
    Victor DriesJanuary 21,14

    I send you a letter earlier, We need expand our work to survival and will do it with strawberries> tell me the best hanging who give fruit many times a year and who are commercial> Do you haven the vines or the seed.
    Thank you>
    Mr Dries

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