Strawberries are one of the most sought after fruits in the world. Their sweet and sour tinge makes them perfect for desserts, jams, or even when eaten as it is. Not only that but strawberry smoothies, shakes also are also very healthy and a joy to drink. Most of us buy strawberries from the market. But the ones of have a knack of having home grown fruit or vegetables, the idea of growing strawberries in their backyard is quite appealing.
Growing strawberries in a pot at your home also means you get taste the fresh strawberries as they are. You use all organic material with nothing artificial in the growth of these beauties and have them as much as you want. Strawberries are also grown in containers which must be quite a relief for those of you who don’t have a garden. Growing strawberries in a pot is actually a simple task and you can easily do it by getting to know the environment where they grow and the nature of the strawberries.
Most of the people do not know how to grow strawberries in a pot think of it as something which is very difficult. You can simply start with a clay container, ad soil plant the seeds water regularly and voila! You’ve got your very own strawberry patch in a pot. We have a few tips for you which will help you grow strawberries in a container.
- You can start with growing strawberries in a pot which provides good drainage. You can use a plastic container by punching holes in it, near the bottom. You can also go with a rack of rain gutters for the strawberry containers but they would also need to have punched holes in the bottom for drainage.
- Let’s say if you have a container which is 10 to 12 inches of diameter and the depth is 8 inches, you need to water is fervently. However you don’t need to create a soggy soil for your plants. Keep watering till the soil is dry one inch below the surface. Bear in mind that the strawberries have small root balls so this is why they can grow well in small containers too.
- Containers having light colour should be chosen for growing the strawberries. This helps to keep the roots cooler as compared to the dark coloured pots which basically conduct heat. The strawberry plants are very sensitive and the dark coloured pots have the tendency to burn the plans due to conduction of heat.
- While growing strawberries in containers, you can be start sowing bare root crown and seedlings too. However, you should know that seedlings in a small 3 or 4 inch container grow faster than the bare root crowns.
- The soil needed for growing strawberries in containers should have a pH between 5.3 and 6.5. In addition to that this soil should be loose because that would help holding water which your strawberry plant needs for the growth.
- Strawberries growing in a containers will spread out in almost all the directions and normally take about 2 feet of space. They are quite suitable for the hanging pots since it gives them space to spread out.
- You can also grow strawberries indoors, but make sure that they receive about 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. This can also be achieved if you plant your strawberries near the window where they can receive sunlight.
- Protect from strawberry plant from rodent infestation. Add netting or fence around your plants to protect your strawberries from squirrels and birds.
- Use liquid fertilizers which are high in phosphorus for your strawberries every 3 to 4 weeks. This will provide them with extra nutrition aiding to their growth.
- Strawberry plants are not ever lasting. You must replace a plant after every 2 to 3 years.