Growing strawberries in containers or pots is easy to do, even if you don't have much outdoor space. But you say I don't have room for a garden! Not to worry, this article will show you how to grow strawberries in containers on your deck or any sunny outdoor area. In fact, pots, cans and, other containers are a great way to grow strawberries. Just feed and water your container-growing strawberry plants regularly and enjoy strawberries throughout the summer. Clay pots designed for growing strawberries work best with special pockets on the sides for multiple strawberry plants. What you'll need to grow strawberries in containers or pots. Strawberry crowns preferably plants certified as disease free.
Choosing containers: proper drainage is very important for strawberry plants to grow and produce plenty of fruit. You can either plant them in hanging containers or raise the containers to allow drainage. Any type of clay planter pots that have drainage holes in the bottom and saucers to keep the soil from washing away, will work just fine pick a size that fits the area you intend to grow your strawberries and how many containers you have. Most nurseries and garden centers also sell special strawberry pots which have pockets up and down both sides. If you use the strawberry pots, be sure to fill each one to the lowest pocket with soil. If you use cans, fill them so you have about one-and-a-half inches of the rim still showing. Selecting Strawberry Plants - The two main types of strawberry plants are ever-bearing and seasonal. Either type will work fine for container growing, but if you live in a colder climate then the ever-bearing type may not survive the winter months, so seasonal producing strawberry plants may be your best bet.
Preparing soil for strawberry plants: Strawberries like soil that is loamy, with lots organic material they can consume. Planting your strawberries after filling each container with the amended soil, also plant your strawberry plants so the roots are covered. Unless you have very large containers, place only one plant in each container. Strawberry plants should be about two feet apart from each other so that they get plenty of sunlight. Watering container grown strawberries, don't over water your container strawberries they should be watered enough to keep the soil damp but not so much that you have any standing water. Again it's important to be sure your containers are able to drain adequately without the soil being washed away. Fertilizing container grown strawberries throughout the summer months. Fertilize your plants every other week with a high phosphorus liquid fertilizer to encourage them to flower. Strawberries are one of summer's special pleasures, and making your own strawberry patch is easy and fun to do Strawberries are a summer favorite, and growing them is easier than you think. Selecting the right strawberry variety will save you from having either too many or too few strawberries when you need them most. Even novice gardeners can expect great triumph in the container growing of strawberries. Container strawberries can be grown anywhere in a container, even inside an apartment with no balcony, patio, or yard.
Choosing the best variety of strawberry plants is vital to accomplishment in container growing strawberries. Aromas - Ever bearer; fast fruiting strawberries, resistant to powdery mildew and spider mites, large strawberry fruit, has some pollination issues. Since you are container growing the strawberries, follow one simple rule - only plant one strawberry plant per container. And remember strawberries can be grown in nearly any type of container hanging baskets, pots, tin cans, pocketed strawberry pots, and in tiers, to name a few. I hope these tips help you grow sweet and tasty container strawberries. For more tips on gardening go to www.Teegoes.org