Strawberry plants are not too picky about the containers in which they are grown: they thrive in planters, pots, hanging baskets, raised beds and just about anything else in-between. Gardeners favor planters for growing moderate amounts of strawberries, because planters drain well, are less frequently affected by pests and drop fewer strawberries on the ground to rot. Your are free to dictate what kind of planting configuration would look best in your garden or greenhouse, with the caveat that most strawberry plants need ample room to grow.
Use a planter specifically designed for strawberries, for reliable results. These large ceramic urns are commonly referred to as strawberry jars and are covered with cupped holes called planting pockets. Strawberry jars allow each plant to get ample sun, because they can be easily rotated. The ceramic pots also retain heat well. The planting pockets discourage weed growth, facilitate appropriate drainage and give the strawberries plenty of outlets from which to sprout, while also prohibiting too much sprawl.
Raised Bed Planters
Also known as strawberry trees, raised pyramid style planters are easily constructed with scrap wood, nails and a saw. Strawberry pyramids save space in the garden, maximize sunlight and give the strawberry plant plenty of room to grow, allowing them to hang over the sides of the planter. Other common raised configurations include long rectangular or square structures.
Ideal for apartment dwellers with limited outdoor space, hanging planters also have the added advantage of usually requiring less overall weeding and maintenance. These hanging strawberry planters employ an upside down growth method, allowing the plants to grow quickly by saturating the roots with water and nutrients. The hanging planter shares some features of the strawberry jar; both are somewhat cylindrically shaped and covered with holes through which individual vines can sprout.
Grow Bags and Pots
While sometimes not as effective as other planters, grow bags and pots are cost effective vessels for growing strawberries and retain the other benefits of planters in general, such as fewer pests and weeds. Grow bags work best when placed against a wall or other large structure, and they usually require the gardener to cut drainage holes.
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