Growing strawberries in pots is a great space saving way to enjoy fresh strawberries when you don’t have a lot of space to grow. Or if you don’t want your strawberries taking over your garden pots are a great option. Strawberries are a delicious and versatile fruit that is enjoyed by people all over the world. They are native to North America and have been cultivated for centuries. Strawberries are a member of the rose family and are closely related to raspberries and blackberries.
Strawberries are relatively easy to grow at home. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Strawberries can be planted in the spring or fall and they will produce fruit in the summer.
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How to grow strawberries in pots:
- Choose the right pot. Strawberries need a pot that is at least 12 inches deep and wide. The container should also have drainage holes to prevent the roots from rotting. You can use a plastic pot, a terracotta pot, wooden planter or something that can hold soil and drain water.
- Prepare the potting mix. Strawberries need a well-draining, loose potting mix. You can buy a commercial potting mix that is well draining, or you can make your own by mixing equal parts peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite.
- Plant your strawberries. Plant the strawberries so that the crowns (the point where the stem meets the roots) are just above the soil surface. Make a small mound in the potting mix, and spread out the roots over the mound. Then, cover the roots up to the crown with the potting mix, and water the soil well.
- Place your pot in a sunny spot. Strawberries need full sun, so place your pot in a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
- Water your strawberries regularly. Strawberries need consistent moisture, so water them deeply and regularly. Get on a schedule to keep your Strawberries watered.
- Fertilizing strawberries. Strawberries benefit from a balanced fertilizer. You can use a liquid fertilizer or a granular fertilizer.
- Mulch your strawberries. Mulching around the strawberries will help to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and protect the berries from the sun. Use wood chips or hay to mulch your strawberry plants.
- Protect the strawberries from pests and diseases. Strawberries are susceptible to a number of pests and diseases, so it is important to inspect the plants regularly and take steps to control any problems.
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Top Tips for Growing Strawberries in pots
- Use a container that is the right size for the number of plants you are growing.
- Make sure the container has drainage holes.
- Use a well-draining potting mix.
- Plant the strawberries so that the crowns are just above the soil surface.
- Water the strawberries regularly, especially during hot, dry weather.
- Fertilize the strawberries every 2-3 weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
- Mulch around the strawberries to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
- Protect the strawberries from pests and diseases with a protective netting.
- Harvest the strawberries when they are ripe.
If you follow these steps you can grow your own strawberries year after year.