Hanging Strawberry Planter In June

Weekend Project: Hanging Strawberry Planter

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For the past 2 years I have been growing tomatoes in those fugly Topsy Turvy planters.  Sure they are ugly, but I don’t have a lot of space and I love a lot of tomatoes and they actually do grow great tomatoes.  Last year I hung three on the southwest corner of my garage and no one even noticed the crappy green ivy design because of all the cherry and grape toms dangling from below.  There were a few factors that made it a success for me and I’ve listed that all here.

This year I decided to try a strawberry planter because let’s face it, who wouldn’t want delicious fresh strawberries growing off their garage?  I had a bunch of strawberry runners over at my community garden plot and I found this handy “Flower Tower” at Value Village for few bucks.  You can buy Topsy Turvey ones with the same general idea, or I can assume that cutting some holes in a bucket would really yield the same results.  I filled the planter with garden soil, tucked in the runners, and voila – a hanging strawberry planter.

For now the biggest challenge has been to water it without the soil running through the holes.  But as it compacts a little, it seems to be holding better.  I’ve got about 36 plants in there so lets hope for a good harvest.  If this works it may be the only way I grow strawberries again!  Here are a few hanging container products if you want to start your own:

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  1. miss m
    miss mMarch 20,10

    Great little strawberry planter ! I grew some upside-down tomatoes last year but used 5-gal buckets. I actually wanted to try a Topsy Turvy, but every place I looked was either sold out or didn’t carry them. The tomatoes will be grown in beds this year but the peppers will be taking their place in the upside-down buckets. I scored some free wire baskets last year, will probably plant a few pf my strawberries in those.

    I’m really liking the bag planters. So versatile and easy to store. Might just try them out !

  2. Laura
    LauraMarch 20,10

    Great idea with the Strawberries! I’m going to try the upside down tomato planter this year. I have heard nothing but good things!

  3. Aerelonian
    AerelonianMarch 21,10

    Looks like you should get a good harvest. We planted one in spring last year (4″ pot) and now we have 7 equivalent sized plants with about 12 smaller ones. The basket’s a good idea to help keep it in check.

  4. Dan
    DanMarch 21,10

    I tried topsy tomatoes last year but due to blight they did poorly. The worst part is the sun ate the topsy by the end of the season. This year I am using plastic buckets in place of them.

  5. Stevie
    StevieMarch 21,10

    Hey Dan, I saw your bad experiences with TT planters on your blog. I don’t know why but mine have been going for 2 years and show no deterioration. I expect to get a few more years for sure. Probably has most to do with Vancouver’s climate. Not too hot, lots of moisture, and while I have them in the hottest spot of my garden, they are under the eaves of the garage so protected. I’ll be following your project though as I love the bucket idea.

  6. Grace
    GraceMarch 22,10

    Great idea. I’ve got my strawberries in rectangular containers. It just doesn’t feel right to have them in the ground, probably because I have no ground left for them and even if I did the slugs are always on the prowl. I hope you’ll keep us posted on your harvest.

  7. nick
    nickMay 10,10

    You look like you have June bearing strawberry plants because your plants have a lot of runners. Normally day neutral strawberries don’t have many runners. (day neutral strawberries give a long steady harvest period from start to frost June bearing just give one harvest a year)If your plants don’t fruit or only fruit once you will have to plant them in the ground and buy day neutral strawberries to plant in your hanging basket

  8. Stevie
    StevieMay 10,10

    Hi Nick, I’m sure they are June bearing and I have fruit starting already! I have plenty of flowers and many little nobby green strawberries all over the planter. I planned to harvest those suckers in June, and then plant an upside down tomato in it’s spot. Space is precious here so no one plant get’s a space all to itself :)

  9. Amy
    AmyMay 18,10

    I started growing my strawberries in containers because of racoons always eating them. I find strawberries grow much better in a controlled environment as well.

  10. Reg Green
    Reg GreenJuly 23,10

    I live in Northern Alberta and I have hanging strawberries in hanging flower baskets on my patio. They are very productive and I have been harvesting strawberries since late June. My plants are sending out runners. Should I pinch these off or leave them?

    • Stevie
      StevieJuly 24,10

      I would let them grow so that you have berries cascading over the edges of the planter. I’ve seen them this way – almost 6 feet of berries – and they look beautiful! Just keep it well watered and some fertilizer wouldn’t hurt.

  11. Randy
    RandyAugust 10,10

    I am growing strawberries in a topsy-turvy and they are producing fruit after 2 weeks or so. The plants already had flowers on them when I bought them. They look healthy and have many berries growing, but the berries I picked (two so far)that looked ripe were bitter. Did I not wait long enough? Also, I hear about runners, but don’t know exactly what to do with them. Are they the shoots that are growing from the mother plant, but not producing any flowers? Also, if I am correct in my assessment of what runners are, how do I prune them on the bag, (i.e. what is enough and what is too much pruning?) Thank you.

    • Stevie
      StevieAugust 10,10

      Hi Randy, yes, leave the berries for a little longer to get sweet. Make sure the planter bag is in a sunny place as the sun ripens them best – turn it every once and a while so the ones at the back get sun too.

      The runners are how the plant propagates. You can leave them on the plant and they may just flower and grow hanging berries or snip them off and plant them somewhere else that you want strawberries to grow. I’m not sure where you live but at this time of year, june bearing strawberries are finished, but the everbearing still give off a few berriers here and there.

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