Did you know that now is the best time to plant strawberries?
For delicious, juicy berries by February, plant now in garden beds, roomy containers, hanging baskets or strawberry jars; these are the most dependable way to grow strawberries and avoid problems caused by pests or unsuitable soil.
Plant Strawberries in a Container:
- Choose. Determine whether you’re planting in a raised garden bed kit, a 16-inch wide container or strawberry planter. Make sure the container has drainage holes in the bottom.
- Fill. Using a mix of two parts potting soil, one part compost and 1/2 cup of time-release fertilizer, fill the raised garden bed, container or strawberry planter. Leave 3 inches at the top. If you are using a strawberry planter, place plants in the lower pockets as you go.
- Loosen.Lightly loosen the roots of each plant.
- Arrange. Determine how to arrange your plants. Roots should be covered but the place where the stem meets the roots should be above the soil line.
- Water. Thoroughly water your strawberry plants.
- Location. Keep the container in a shady spot for a few days. Then move it to a place where the plants will get at least 6 hours of sun each day.
- Expectations. Flowers and fruit will appear in late winter.
- Watch. If freezing weather threatens, move the container to a protected place or indoors near your sunniest window.