Growing strawberries in containers is one of the best options for people without a lot of space. Strawberries are very easy to grow and manage, even for someone who doesn’t have a green thumb. To order strawberry plants, check out Grower’s Solution. They have 4 varieties to choose from.
If you aren't sure what to grow your strawberries in, I suggest Smart Pots. They are made for container gardening. The Smart Pot is a soft-sided, aeration container, uniquely designed to improve the root structure of your plants enabling them to grow to their full potential. (www.smartpots.com/why-better)
“I had been thinking of the strawberry jars and "gro-bags" available and what a fine substitute the "Smart Pots" would make. The first season, I planted strawberries in one and a culinary herb garden in another. After filling the container with potting mix, I used a utility knife to cut "X's" in various locations in the "Smart Pots" walls. For my new "strawberry jar" I planted several strawberry plants on top and several others roughly spaced into the walls all around the pot. Later in the season, I would cut additional "X's" and place the new runner plants in the walls. The plants did wonderfully well and had plenty of fruit. The "Smart Pot" strawberries even survived a northeast winter after I buried them in the late fall under about 1 ½ to 2 feet of leaves.”
-Marty Gottlieb, former New York state Coop Ag Extension agent
There are just a few things you will need to know:
- Strawberries like full sunlight, they need at least 6 hours of it for a decent flush of berries. Setting them outside during sunny days works well. If you are unable to get natural sunlight, there is always the option of setting up an area inside with a grow lamp. Or if you have window sill space that is east or south facing, you can grow them there.
- Strawberries have shallow root systems so they will need to be watered often, but make sure not to over water.
- Strawberries prefer a mild climate, temperatures usually ranging from 65-70 degrees. If the temperatures become too hot while your plants are outside, move them into the shade or bring them inside.
- Strawberries do need some space to grow just like most plants, so keep this in mind when transplanting.