Fresh strawberry tastes divine! What if you could grow this sweet in your home? Sounds good, doesn’t it? Yes, you can grow strawberries in your space even though you’re staying in an apartment and don’t have a yard. Since strawberries easily thrive in containers, your small container garden would be just enough for this tangy fruit to grow. For sure, once you have tasted the luscious strawberry grown in your own container, you won’t feel like buying the usual strawberries from your local grocery store. Check out the simple steps for growing strawberries in containers.
How to Grow Strawberries in a Container Garden
- Choose the containers - While choosing the container, make sure that it has a hole, so that the water in excess gets drained out. You can opt for hanging baskets, flower pots, barrels or tubs, given that they have a hole at the bottom. See to it that the container doesn’t let the water in it.
- Choose strawberry plants - Strawberry plants are of generally two types - Seasonal producers and Everbearing plants. For growing fresh berries, seasonal plants are the best, but they bear fruits only once in the entire season. The ever-bearing plants turn out pretty good fruits for freezing. As per your requirement, you can plant any one or both type of plants.
- Prepare the soil - Strawberries thrive best in loamy and well-drained soil, which contains organic matter. Before planting the strawberries, mix either fertilizer (5-10-5) or ammonium sulfate (21-0-0) into the soil.
- Plant the strawberry in the container - Put soil in the container and plant the strawberry plant, while taking care that the roots of plant are properly covered. If you’re planting more than one plant in a container, make sure that each plant is placed at least 2 feet apart. Don’t plant more than one strawberry plant if the container is small.
- Water the strawberries - For growing strawberries, all you need to do is keep the soil damp. Over-watering is not recommended for strawberries. Take care that the water drains out from the soil so that the strawberries aren’t standing in water.
- Provide sufficient light and darkness - Strawberry plants require 6 to 8 hours of sunlight every day. They also require enough darkness from sunset to sunrise. If your plants get direct sunlight during the day, nothing like it; but if not, use plant-grow lights.