Did you know now is the best time to plant strawberries? And raised garden beds, roomy containers, hanging baskets or strawberry jars are the most dependable way to grow them.
Plant now for delicious, juicy berries by February 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 to appear in late winter.
- Watch. If freezing weather threatens, move the container to a protected place or indoors near your sunniest window.