Grow strawberries in containers and enjoy deliciously sweet fruit in the summer months. They make attractive decorative plants with their green leaves, white blooms and red berries. When planted correctly, container-grown strawberries will provide you a month-long supply of fresh strawberries that are not only delicious and versatile but packed with nutritional benefits. Strawberries are packed with vitamin c, vitamin k, folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium. A cup of fresh strawberries contains 31 calories!
Strawberries grow best in a sunny location that receives at least 6 hours a day of direct sunlight. The container can be a hanging basket, window box, flower pot or a traditional strawberry pot or planter, as long as the container receives sufficient sunlight and is 6-8 inches deep.
Grow strawberries in acidic, well-draining soil.
Prepare the soil in the container 2 weeks before you plant strawberries by mixing 1 part compost with 2 parts of acidic soil mix. Mix a tablespoon of slow-release, granulated fertilizer to the soil of each container as well.
Water the soil thoroughly and allow container to sit for 2 weeks.
Dig shallow holes 8 inches apart in the container.
Spread out the plant roots when you plant them, and plant them deep enough so the crown of the strawberry plant will be at the top level of the soil.
If the crown, which is the center of the strawberry plant where new leaf growth comes from, is planted below the soil level the plants will rot. If the crown is too far above the soil level, plants will dry out and die.
Water in the newly planted strawberries and cover the top of the soil with a 2 inch layer of organic mulch. Do not fertilize the strawberry plants again at this time.
Plant strawberries in the spring and they will produce fruit by mid-summer. A good indicator of exact strawberry planting time in your area is when the strawberry plants arrive at your local nursery. In warm climates with mild winters, strawberries can be planted in the late summer or fall for fruit production the following spring.
Plant more than one variety with different maturing rates to extend the strawberry harvest season.
Strawberry plants are heavy feeders during their production season and will need regular feedings. Use an acid, water-soluble plant food mixed at one-half the recommended rate weekly to keep plants fed and watered.