The Q&A Archives: Planting a Strawberry Jar

Question: What would be some good plants to put in a strawberry jar? Also do I need to use a special type of potting soil?

Answer: Herbs, mints, strawberries and annuals with small flowers such as lobelia, and impatiens are naturals for planting in strawberry jars. Most jars have between 8 and 15 pockets, plus the mouth at the top of the jar. You can mix and match plants, or choose a theme and stick with it. Start by adding a layer of rocks or pot shards over the bottom drain hole. Then add regular potting soil, up to the level of the lowest opening. Decide which plant goes where, carefully unpot and poke the roots into the pocket, firm soil around the roots (from the inside of the pot), then add more soil to the level of the second row of pockets. Continue until the entire jar is planted. Water well to settle the soil, and replace any soil that washes out of the pockets. Keep the pot moist and cut off any faded flowers. You can pinch the tips of the plants during the season to keep them bushy.

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