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How to Plant a Strawberry Pot

How to Plant a Strawberry Pot
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Most of us have a list of garden projects we’d like to tackle one of these days. Mine include putting in a small berry patch, some raised vegetable beds, a rose arch, a grape arbor, and wisteria vines. We live near the city, so some of these ambitions are clearly outsized. But I did cross one project off the list: planting a strawberry pot.

A strawberry container garden

You’ve probably seen these pots for sale at garden centers. Standing about 12 inches tall, usually made of terra cotta, they have holes all along the sides from which a single strawberry plant can grow.

Planting in a pot accomplishes several goals: It allows you to produce a lot of fruit in a small space, it protects plants from weeds and the fruit from grit, spares you from having to prune a lot of runners, and allows you to move the plant for optimal sunlight and even ripening.

I purchased my pot at a garden center near Yankee’s offices in New Hamsphire. In retrospect, I should’ve held out for a slightly better design. The best pots have lips around the holes, which help hold in the soil. Mine doesn’t. I may try threading some straw in the holes to hold everything in, but you’ll have an easier time if you learn from my mistake and get a right pot a the outset.

Materials to Plant a Strawberry Pot

  • A  length of PVC pipe equal to the height of your pot
  • Small rocks or gravel
  • A drill
  • Potting soil
  • The pot
  • 8 to 10 strawberry plants

The PVC pipe goes in the center of the pot and helps distribute water more evenly to all the plants. The gravel keeps the pipe from becoming clogged with dirt.

Directions to Plant a Strawberry Pot

Step 1: Prepare the pipe

Use a drill to punch holes all over the length of the pipe.

Step 2: Put a rock in the hole at the bottom of the pot.

All plugged up.

Step 3: Position the pipe in the center of the pot and surround it with potting soil.

This is also a good time to fill the pipe with gravel or small rocks. Otherwise, it’ll fill with soil as you introduce the plants.

Step 4: Thread the first two plants through the holes, working from the inside out. Don’t try to push the root ball in through the holes. It’s messy and can damage the roots.

Gently pull the plant out through the holes, being careful not to crush the stems.

 

Step 5: Once the first two plants are in, fill the pot with potting soil up to the height of the next holes.

Ready for the next plants.

Step 6: Repeat these steps until all the holes are filled.

Almost done.

Step 7: Fill the top with the remaining plants.

The finished product.

Now all I have to do is wait for these little berries to ripen, while remembering to water the container often as the weather gets warm. The containers dry out quickly, so be careful.

Our pot is located on the small deck off our kitchen, so I’m dreaming of the first morning I’ll get to step outside to grab fresh berries for breakfast. I can’t wait.

Photo/Art by Amy Traverso
Future berries

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Amy Traverso

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Amy Traverso

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Senior lifestyle editor Amy Traverso oversees Yankee's Food and Home & Garden departments and contributes articles to the magazine. Amy book, The Apple Lover's Cookbook (W.W. Norton), won an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) cookbook award for the category American. Follow !
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5 Responses to How to Plant a Strawberry Pot

  1. Marika Ujvari June 5, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    Where do you put the gravel?

    • Amy Traverso June 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

      Hi Marika-

      You put the gravel in the pvc pipe in the center of the pot. I didn’t manage to get a good photograph of that step, but the gravel keeps that tube from getting filled with dirt.

  2. C Gull June 12, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    What do you do with the strawberry pot in the winter? Will the plants survive outdoors or do you need to bring the pot inside?

    • Amy Traverso June 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      Hi there-

      To be safe, bring the potted plants inside to a sheltered location for the winter. A garage or basement would be fine. And water them every few weeks so the roots don’t dry out too much.

  3. Linda June 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Oh, I can hardly wait to get the supplies and build a strawberry pot. You have made it sound and look so easy. Will keep you advised. Thank you!!

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