Alpine Strawberry Plants In Pots - Knowledgebase Question

North Brunswick, NJ
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Question by anukjsingh
March 24, 2001
I am thinking of growing "ruegen improved " variety of strawberry in regular pots.What size pots should I use and also, if I want to plant two plants in one pot (if that is not advised ,please let me know)what should be the size of the pot? Will I need to protect the plants from birds once they start producing fruit?If so what do I need to do?

Answer from NGA
March 24, 2001
The alpine strawberries are relatively small plants, so you could fit several plants in a hanging basket sized pot. Alternatively you could plant them about six inches apart in a larger container such as a half barrel; this would be easier to keep well watered during the heat of the summer. Be sure that the soil is rich and that you keep the plants well watered and well fertilized all summer for the best results. Birds may peck at the berries so you could protect them with netting draped over sticks stuck in the pot or possibly deter the birds by using metallic flash tape near the pots. With a little trial and error you will see what works best for you.

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