Fall is just around the corner. Do you know what is amazing? Picking fresh strawberries during the winter. Even on the coldest of winter days, you can enjoy fresh picked strawberries for your favorite snacks and desserts without having to pay the phenomenal costs at the grocery store. Here is how to grow strawberries in pots.
All you have to do is grow strawberries in a pot right in your kitchen! And it’s not as hard as you might think. Growing strawberries in a pot is actually very simple and a great way to ensure that your fruit is all organic and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or pesticides.
How to grow strawberries in pots
- Strawberry Plants
- Good Potting Mix
- Pots of your choice
Purchase already started strawberry plants from your local garden center or buy them online from a reputable retailer. When purchasing your strawberry plants, make sure that the plant is an ever-bearing strawberry. Ever-bearing means that it will continuously produce fruit throughout most of the year.
Fill the pot about 3/4 of the way with moist organic potting mix and place the strawberry plant in the center.
Continue filling the pot with soil until it is full. Be sure to use a pot with good drainage in the bottom. A self draining pot with a water collector at the bottom is a great choice for strawberries.
Press the soil down gently, but don’t compact the soil. The plant needs room to grow and if the soil is too tight, it will make it harder for the roots to take place.
Tip: Strawberries do not like to be planted deep. Just plant them in the new container at the same depth as their crown.
Lightly water the soil. Don’t soak the soil, or you risk drowning your new plant. Just water until the soil is damp and pliable.
Place the pot in bright sunlight for at least six to eight hours each day.
Water as needed. Your strawberry plant will likely need to be watered every other day, providing you live in a moderate climate. Drier climates may need to watered daily.
The plant will start producing berries after it gets established.
Pick the strawberries as they ripen and place them into freezer bags for long term storage or make jellies, jams or preserves.
It is fun to grow different types of fruits and vegetables inside over the winter. It will definitely make the winter a little more enjoyable than just sitting around waiting for spring. So, get a pot and start growing food inside.
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