The Q&A Archives: Potted Strawberry Plants

Question: I have a six hole strawberry ceramic pot and want to plant strawberries. How? Peanuts on the bottom for water comsumption then soil or fertilizer?

Answer: I hope your planter has drainage holes in the bottom! If not you risk root rot problems with your plants. You can use styrofoam peanuts as a filler in the bottom of the container, but they'll float in water and they won't absorb excess water. I find the best way to use the peanuts is to place them in plastic bags and seal the bags, then set them in the bottom of a deep container to take up space. Once that's done, fill with potting soil or a homemade soil mix, and plant.

You can plant one strawberry plant in each of the holes of your planter. Fill the planter with soil to the bottom set of planting holes, plant strawberry crowns, then resume filling the container until you get to the next level of planting holes. By planting this way you'll have access to the inside of the planter and can spread the roots out as you place each plant. This will give each plant the advantage of having lots of root room, which will help anchor each in its new home.

Be sure to put your planter where it will receive full sunshine all day.

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