How to Grow Strawberry Plants in Pots

3 Materials
2 Hours

Growing strawberries from seeds are the best way to get plants without spending a lot of money. Growing strawberries from seed had never occurred to me until a friend showed me her lovely strawberry plants. Plants for strawberries are readily available, but the variety is limited. A seed firm won't bother cultivating bare-root plants unless they can sell a whole field of them. As a result, the truly unusual, specialty types are becoming increasingly rare.

Prepare the Plants

You can start strawberries from either bare-root crowns or transplants. Transplants will immediately look lush and pretty in containers, but you'll need to wait for dormant bare-root crowns to establish and produce leaves. Strawberry plants dislike crowded conditions, so plant only three strawberry plants per square foot of soil.

Add Soil

Fill the container with a loose, loamy potting mix that will hold moisture but quickly drain away any excess water. Make sure to use a container with a drainage hole in the bottom.

Plant the Strawberries

Plant the strawberry plants, so their crowns (the place 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. Add more potting mix as needed after the soil settles from watering, but do not cover the crown with soil.

Place the Container

Set the pot in a location that receives at least eight to 12 hours of sun each day to ensure plenty of flowers and fruits. If the sunlight is coming from only one direction, rotate the container every three to four days if possible for the plants to grow evenly.

Water the Plants

Water your strawberries whenever the soil feels dry about 1 inch below the surface, or about twice per week. You don't want the plants to be sitting in water or soggy soil. So make sure the soil remains slightly damp—not dry or soggy—to provide the best environment for fruits to form. In general, the soil in containers dries out faster than the soil on the ground. Thus, long periods of hot, dry weather might necessitate twice daily watering

Feed Your Strawberries

Most container plants benefit from some supplemental feeding. Feed your strawberries every three to four weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer. 


Suggested materials:
  • Containers   (Plant Shop)
  • Plants or Seeds   (Plant Shop)
  • Fertilizer   (Plant Shop)
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