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Strawberry Tower

By Englishgardener
August 12, 2016

I had several terra cotta strawberry planters, but the amount of space I could give them was limited, so I came up with a solution.

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May 23, 2020 11:46 AM CST
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I received a lush, beautiful, hanging strawberry plant for Mother's Day two weeks ago. I'm a recent transplant from Arizona to central Virginia (Zone 7a), so I'm completely clueless as to how to water, fertilize, and even permit daily summer sun exposure to this pretty plant. I've read through all of the strawberry care guides here, but none of them address the particulars of a hanging, trailing strawberry plant.

First, I need to know about frequency of watering. Do they like to be kept moist at all times, or should I let it dry out between waterings? What kind of fertilizer (brand name, please, and resource if you know one), if any, and how often?

Second, how do I gauge the age of this plant? It's currently 10" above the rim of the plastic pot it came in, and about 16" wide. (Should I change it out if the plastic pot, or will it be happy there?) I don't know the variety, so I've attached a photo of a leaf with a dollar bill behind it for scale; hopefully, someone can put this information to good use and figure it out.
Finally, I need to know about sun exposure for this berry baby. Until this weekend, it's been too cold overnight, IMO, to leave this greenhouse-born-and-bred plant outdoors. All that will change this weekend though, when Summer arrives, ready to kick her sandals off and stay for awhile. But should I expose my plant to the beastly heat and withering humidity, or keep it indoors, with substantially less direct sunlight, but also with substantially less chance of, shall we say, pushing up the daisies?

Hit me with all the generalities, and all of the specifics you've got. I'm a blank page where gardening here is concerned, so I want this first foray to be successful. Thanks for reading this far -- brevity is not my strong suit -- and have a great day!

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