There are different types of strawberries and any of them can produce fruits when grown in containers. The June-bearing variety of strawberries will give you one main crop in the early summer for the duration of two-week period. But the Day-Neutral/Everbearing strawberries offer a longer season than the June-bearing varieties. The Day-neutral plants actually produce berries sporadically throughout the summer, and the everbearing strawberries will give you about 2 to 3 harvests each season. Nevertheless, the everbearing strawberries plant produce smaller fruit, as well as fewer runners, than the other varieties. No matter which one you choose, just make sure you get the right size container, because the plant have different container size needs. If you want to increase your odds of a successful harvest you can follow these steps to grow strawberries in containers;
Some Of The Things Needed
The following are the equipments and materials needed;
- Planting container
- Liquid fertilizer
- Garden trowel
- Strawberry crowns or seedlings
- Potting mix
- Watering can
How To Grow Strawberries In Containers
Plants preparation: The strawberries can either be started from bare-root crowns or transplants. Transplants will at once look lush and pretty in containers, however you will need to wait for the dormant bare-root crowns to establish and produce leaves. Strawberry plants don’t actually like crowded conditions; you need to plant only 3 strawberry plants per square foot of soil. Strawberry roots are fairly shallow, you need to measure the surface area of the container to determine the area (as long as the container does not taper sharply.)
Adding soil in container: Make sure you fill the container with a loose, loamy potting mix that will hold moisture and also quickly drain away any excess water. You need to use a container with a drainage hole in the bottom.
Planting the Strawberries: When planting the strawberries, make sure their crown (which is the place where the stem meets the roots) are just above the soil surface. You have to make a small mound in the potting mix, and then spread out the roots over the mound. After that cover the roots up to the crown with the potting mix, and then water the soil well. You can also add more potting mix as needed after the soil settles from watering, but don’t cover the crown with soil.
Place the pot: You need to set the container in a location that receives at least 8 to twelve hours of sun each day to ensure plenty of flowers and fruits. If the sunlight is coming from only one direction you can easily rotate the container every 3 to 4 days if possible for the strawberries plants to grow evenly. Also make sure that the strawberries plants are protected. Just because the strawberries are in containers does not actually mean that pests can’t reach them. Birds, Insects, and rodents will still be attracted to your strawberries plants, you need to keep them protected with netting or fencing.
Water the strawberries plants: You need to water your strawberries plants whenever the soil feels dry about one inch below the surface, or about two times per week. If you don’t want the strawberries plants to be sitting in water or soggy soil, you have to make sure the soil remains slightly damp—not dry or soggy—to provide the best environment for fruits to form. Generally, the soil in the pots dries out faster than the soil on the ground. Thus, long periods of hot, dry weather might necessitate two times daily watering.
Feeding your strawberries plants: Nearly all container plants benefit from some supplemental feeding. Feed your strawberries plants every 3 to 4 weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Try as much as possible to apply a balanced fertilizer in the fall as well, as the strawberries plants will begin forming perennating buds within the crown that will become next year’s flowers and fruit.
Provide winter protection for the plants: Actually strawberries plants produce best if they are allowed to go dormant in winter. Nevertheless, the plant roots might freeze in colder areas, and some of the containers will crack if they are left out in freezing temperatures. You can easily move your pots into an unheated garage or under a deck for winter protection. Make sure you water only when the soil becomes excessively dry.