How to grow strawberries in a container garden

Growing Strawberries in Containers

When most people think of container gardening, flowers are the first things that come to mind. Container gardening is becoming increasingly popular as an easy and inexpensive way to brighten up your space. In addition to flowers, this year try something different: strawberries in containers.How to grow strawberries in a container garden

Strawberries are one of the easiest plants to grow in containers. With strawberries, you get a plant with pretty foliage, flowers and yummy fruit to snack on!

Types of Strawberries

There are three main categories of strawberries: June-bearing, Everbearing, and Day-neutral.

June-bearing strawberries produce a large, concentrated crop once a year during late spring or early summer (usually in June). They send out a lot of runners that can quickly become a tangle of vines. This category is better suited for a garden bed.

Everbearing strawberries’ fruiting season stretches from early spring until fall.  They send out fewer runners and will not produce as much as the June-bearing types. Although it will produce fewer berries, it’s enough for snacking and tastes better than any store-bought berries. This category does well in containers.

Day-neutral is a newer variety of everbearing strawberries. They produce more consistently throughout the growing season. Day-neutral strawberries prefer cooler temperatures and will not bear fruit in hot weather. If you live in an area with hot summers, skip this category.

When shopping for strawberries, the varieties will not always specify which category the strawberries will fall under. Ask the garden center associate to aid you in the category identification.How to grow strawberries in a container garden

Type of Pots

When selecting a container for strawberries, pick a pot that will be large enough: at least 8-12 inches wide.  Strawberries have a spreading growing habit and shallow roots. A wide, shallow container is a good choice.  Most importantly, the container must have good drainage.  Also, select a pot that is light colored; this will help keep the plant’s roots cool in the summer.How to grow strawberries in a container garden

How to Plant Strawberries

Strawberries prefer a loose, loamy soil with a pH between 5.3 and 6.5 (acidic).  Select an area that receives 6-8 hours of sun per day. You can plant strawberries in the early spring or in the fall (if you live in a warm area). They need to be spaced at least 2 ft apart, so only plant 1 or 2 plants per container. Fill the container with a potting mix and make a small mound in the middle. Spread the roots out over the mound. Cover the roots and up to the crown with additional mix and water well.

Caring for Strawberries in Containers

Containers require frequent waterings, but only water when the soil is dry to the touch. You may have to water daily during hot weather; containers dry out faster than soil in the ground. Feed your strawberries every 3-4 weeks with a liquid fertilizer.

You can overwinter strawberries. They will produce better the following year if they are allowed to go dormant during the winter. If you live in an area that gets extremely cold, move your strawberry containers into an unheated garage or basement in the winter. Water the container only when the soil becomes dry. In milder winter climates, mulch up around the container and leave it until spring.

Strawberries are short-lived perennials. Even with the most dedicated care, you will have to replace the plants about every 3 years. No worries, enjoy them for a season. If you are able to get them to grow again for an additional summer, it will be well worth the effort.

How to grow strawberries in a container garden

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About the Author : Debbie WolfeDebbie Wolfe is a mom of two rambunctious boys, wife, and work-at-home mom from Georgia. In her free time (when there is such a thing), she is in the garden or hidden away reading the latest post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama! As interests, Debbie is an obsessive crafter, home chef, and gardener. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and is a co-author and photographer behind the garden blog, The Prudent Garden; a collection of tips, crafts, and articles that highlight home gardening.View all posts by Debbie Wolfe

  1. Jordanna— The House of Muses
    Jordanna— The House of MusesMay 27,15

    I’m so excited about our container strawberries! They didn’t bear any fruit last year, but flowered like crazy. I’ve spotted one wee fruit so far on ours but I’m really worried about our horrible squirrels. I’ve already noticed a few, very empty stems where a flower used to be. Determined critters! :<

  2. Aenun Nadifah
    Aenun NadifahApril 4,16

    very unfortunate strawberries can not be grown in the lowlands, but I am very ingkin once planted strawberris behind my house

  3. Resep Minuman
    Resep MinumanJune 18,16

    I really like strawberries, strawberries are not only useful for everyday needs, but also the fruit also contains nutrients and nutrients that are very beneficial for health, especially for pregnant women, thank you share this with me …

  4. Wall planter
    Wall planterFebruary 21,17

    I just plant some strawberries this week,lol

  5. Sai Bharath
    Sai BharathFebruary 28,17

    I love strawberries. This will help me a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  6. Andao
    AndaoJune 7,17

    Hi, Debbie !
    I have problems with the leaves of strawberries. They all turn black and then the plants die very fast. Maybe i’ll follow your guide and plant some again.
    Thanks a lot for sharing :)

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