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Plant a Strawberry Basket

Strawberries grown in hanging pots produce a lush display as well as handfuls of sweet treats even in their first season. Naturally trailing, strawberry work well in containers due to their shallow roots and compact size. Hanging a basket places the plants within comfortable reach for picking and tending but away from the slugs, snails, and rodents that can demolish garden-grown crops.
  • Choose a Container

    A sturdy, lined basket or roomy colander holds soil and allows excess moisture to drain. Depend on chains or other strong hangers because a basket filled with soil and plants becomes extraordinarily heavy when soaked with water. 

    Date Published: April 13, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Strawberry Basket Materials

    • 12-inch terra-cotta pot

    • 14-inch diameter coir-lined hanging basket

    • Potting mix

    • Organic, slow-release fertilizer

    • 20 strawberry plants

    • Scissors

    • Bark mulch

    Date Published: April 13, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Step 1: Prep the Soil

    Use a terra-cotta pot to hold and steady the basket throughout the planting process. Fill two-thirds of the container with a compost-enriched, lightweight potting mix. Add a dose of slow-release fertilizer to the mix. 

    Date Published: April 13, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Step 2: Slip in Plants

    Remove each young strawberry plant from its nursery pot. If you start with bare-root plants, soak the roots in water for up to one hour prior to planting. Use scissors to cut a 1ó-inch opening in the side of the coir liner as shown. Gently press a strawberry plant’s roots through the opening and into the basket. Some of the best container-happy varieties include: 'Delizzimo', 'Montana', and 'Ruby Ann'.

    Date Published: April 13, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Step 3: Plant Top of Basket

    Make openings for plants evenly spaced around the perimeter of the basket. Cover the roots of the plants with potting mix. Tuck remaining plants into the top of the basket. 

    Date Published: April 13, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Step 4: Root Care

    When planting, set each plant with its crown (where roots meet the bases of stems) just above soil level to prevent rotting. Ensure that the roots are covered with soil to prevent them from drying out. 

    Date Published: April 13, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017
  • Step 5: Mulch and Water

    Add more potting mix to cover the roots of the plants. Then add a 1-inch layer of bark mulch to help preserve soil moisture and minimize watering frequency. Leave 1 inch between the top of the mulch surface and the rim of the basket to allow room for watering. Water thoroughly after planting.

    Date Published: April 13, 2017
    Date Updated: April 28, 2017

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