The Q&A Archives: Strawberry Planters

Question: I heard you can plant strawberry plants as hanging planters. Is this true and if so how/what time of year, etc?

Answer: Not all strawberries can be grown this way, you need to find a variety suitable to container growing. My favorite container strawberry is called 'Temptation'. They look beautiful, and of course, taste delicious. Another variety that will grow well in cooler climates that is suitable for containers is 'Yellow Wonder Alpine Strawberry'. They should be planted in the container in the spring. Of course, you can't leave the container out over the winter, it would need to be protected. Plants in containers outdoors do not overwinter well. Containers are exposed to repeated freezing and thawing during the winter, and this can damage the plants. Your best bet is to bring the container to a fairly protected spot, and, if you have morethan one, huddle them together in a group and mulch with a thick layer of straw. Or you can either heel in your strawberry plant in your garden, or dig a hole and set the container right in the garden soil, and cover with straw.

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