Growing strawberries in containers is a great way to have berries if you live in urban areas with little space. Strawberries just need sun, plenty of moisture and nutrients to produce fresh sweet berries. Even if you have a large garden with space, consider growing strawberries in containers.
All kinds of containers can be used for growing
strawberries. The strawberry plant is easily adapted to smaller spaces.
Planters make rotating the strawberry plants easier and eliminate your
strawberry patch going wild.
Types of Strawberry Containers
Five gallon buckets make economical strawberry
containers. If you don’t have Five gallon buckets on hand you can find them at
department and home improvement stores for an affordable price. You can also
locate free buckets from restaurants and bakeries. Just check around in your
Five gallon buckets can also be made into an inexpensive strawberry tower. You can make a strawberry tower on your own with materials you may have on hand. Your containers can be self watering or you can set them up to be watered manually.
The University of California’s master gardener’s page shows how to make this bucket planter.
Growing strawberries in containers will save growing
space and the strawberry buckets can be moved around to take advantage of the
sun. You can grow 20 to 25 plants in a five gallon bucket and the buckets can
be stacked for even more space saving.
Most plastic containers including plastic buckets are not
UV resistant and will brake down after awhile from being exposed to sun light.
Spray painting the out side of your containers will prolong their life.
Strawberry Towers are another way to increase space for growing strawberries. Towers for strawberries can be made out of pvc tubing or wooden slats.
You can order the plans to make the one below from chesapeakecrafts.com
Strawberry container planting is different than planting in a garden. Here are a few tips to help make your plantings successful.