Did you know now is the best time to plant strawberries? And during the winter months, roomy containers, hanging baskets or strawberry jars are the most dependable way to grow them.
Plant in containers now for delicious, juicy berries by February and avoid problems caused by pests or unsuitable soil.
Plant Strawberries in a Container:
- Choose a 16” wide container or terra cotta strawberry planter. Make sure the container has drainage holes in the bottom.
- Fill the container with a mix of two parts potting soil, one part compost and 1/2 cup of time-release fertilizer. Leave 3” at the top. If you are using a strawberry planter, place plants in the lower pockets as you go.
- Loosen the roots of each plant.
- Arrange in container. Roots should be covered but the place where the stem meets the roots should be above the soil line.
- Water thoroughly.
- 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.
- Expect flowers and fruit to appear in late winter.
- If freezing weather threatens, move the container to a protected place or indoors near your sunniest window.