Even on the coldest of winter days you can enjoy your favorite strawberry snacks and desserts without having to pay the phenomenal costs at the grocery store. All you have to do is grow strawberries in a pot right in your kitchen! And it’s not as hard as you might think. Growing strawberries in a pot is actually very simple and a great way to ensure that your fruit is all organic and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or pesticides.
Here’s how to Grow Strawberries in a Pot at Your House
- Everbearing Strawberry Plants
- Organic Soil
- Self draining hanging pot with water collector
Purchase already started strawberry plants from your local garden center or buy them online from a reputable retailer. When purchasing your strawberry plants, be sure that the plant is an everbearing strawberry, meaning it will continuously produce fruit throughout most of the year.Fill the hanging pot about 1/2 way with dampened organic soil and place the strawberry plant in the center.
Continue filling the pot with soil until it is full. Be sure to use a large hanging basket with good drainage in the bottom. A self draining pot with a water collector at the bottom is a great choice for strawberries.
Press the soil down gently, but don’t compact the soil. The plant needs room to grow and if the soil is too tight, it will make it harder for the roots to take place.
Lightly water the soil. Don’t soak the soil, or you risk drowning your new plant. Just water until the soil is damp and pliable.
Hang the strawberry plant in bright sunlight for at least six to eight hours each day.
Water as needed. If you are using a self watering planter, follow the guideline on the planter. If not, you’re strawberry plant will likely need to be watered every other day, providing you live in a moderate climate. Drier climates may need to water daily.
Place the plant in a dark or dimly lit area after the sun sets and leave it there until the sun rises the next day. A room that is unused or not often used is a great place to leave the strawberry plants during the night, so you can ensure they do not get damaged.
Pick the strawberries as they ripen and place them into freezer bags for long term storage or make jellies, jams or preserves.