How to Plant a Strawberry Pot for Gardening

This edition of Workshop Wednesday is How to Plant a Strawberry Pot in 3 easy steps.

Harvesting fruit from trees along the Front Range is hit or miss. We’re often hit with a late spring freeze that guarantees we’ll miss our fresh peaches, apricots and other stone fruits.

But life isn’t just a bowl of cherries, it’s also filled with ripe red strawberries.

I think being able to go berry picking in your own backyard is one of life’s simple pleasures.

I’ve had a large container of strawberries in a corner of my patio for several years that have yielded several nice strawberry crops. Even though the strawberries were doing just fine, I wanted the container for another kind of planting.

I decided to experiment with transplanting the strawberries into a strawberry pot and thought I’d get it done before the plants grew too tall. But an exceptionally cool and wet spring prevented me from getting the transplanting done until some of the plants had already started to flower.

Here are the main steps for getting the job done:

Step 1. Assemble the materials including a strawberry pot, potting soil and strawberry plants.

The two cultivars of everbearing strawberries I grow were originally developed by the USDA Horticulture Field Station in Cheyenne, Wyo. ‘Ogallala’ and ‘Fort Laramie’ are varieties that produce two crops of strawberries each season, one in June and another in early fall.

Just like a real strawberry patch, container strawberries need to be planted in a sunny spot that’s protected from wind. In the fall, I’ll either put the pot in the garage to keep from freezing or find another way to protect the plants through the winter.

To make the pot a little lighter and easier to move, I used Better Than Rocks material to line the bottom of the pot. This light-weight plastic is really easy to use and works well for all kinds of container plantings.

Because I heard from other gardeners that it’s difficult to make sure water reaches deep into the middle of a strawberry pot, I asked John to create a cool watering device out of a piece of PVC pipe. He cut the length of pipe an inch or so shorter than the pot and drilled little watering holes up and down and around the length of the pipe.

Step 2. I added some potting soil to the pot, stood the pipe upright and covered the top hole with crumbled paper to prevent it from filling with soil. Then I added soil to the first planting holes, positioned each plant, covered the roots with soil and moved to the next level of planting holes.

Step. 3.
I continued until all the planting holes were full of strawberry plants, then watered them well. The watering tube helped get water to all the roots.

I’m hoping the plants survive being transplanted to their new container and that I’ll be rewarded for my efforts with some sweet, sweet strawberries.


 

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