Growing strawberries in a container, hanging basket or growbag
The great thing about growing strawberries in containers and baskets is that you don’t need much space to have them and, also, that they are off the ground, thus deterring those pesky slugs and snails.
These terracotta pots have cupped pockets on the sides for your strawberry plants to grow through, keeping the fruits away from the compost, meaning they’re less likely to go mouldy.
When planting up, remember to pop a layer of garden stones, broken, old crocks or gravel into the bottom of the planter for drainage.
Using a multi-purpose compost, fill up to the first level pockets in your planter, then place the plants into the pockets and gently firm in the roots. Water well and add more compost up to the next level pockets, repeat the planting process until you reach the top. At the very top you can add a few more plants too.
Growbags are very convenient as they can be raised up to make them easier to tend, but they are likely to dry out quickly, so need regular watering especially when your fruits are forming.
Growing strawberries in a hanging basket means that they’re well out of the way of slugs and, as the plants have a trailing habit, they grow over the edge, creating interesting and colourful displays, first of white and yellow flowers and then of bright red fruits.
Planting strawberries in a hanging basket
Select a hanging basket that suits the style of your outdoor area. If you have a country cottage vibe, go for a wicker look basket with a plastic lining inside.
Make some evenly spread small holes in the polythene lining near the bottom of your hanging basket.
Fill the basket with multi-purpose compost, add water retaining gel and some slow release feed granules. If you wish to have organic fruit, then feed using an organic fertiliser when watering your plants.
Space your strawberry plants evenly around the edge of the basket (three per basket is good, in a triangle formation). Plant them ensuring you firm the soil around the plant, but don’t push them in too deeply, the centre of the plant should be at soil level.
Hang the basket in a sheltered but sunny spot. Turn it regularly to ensure all the fruits receive equal access to the sunshine.
Water well and frequently. If you are feeding by hand, start when the flowers first start to appear.
For more information about caring for your strawberry plants, check out our other blog here.