Growing Strawberries in Containers

Strawberries taste great, are healthy, and are expensive at the grocery store which makes them a great addition to your garden.

Keeping strawberries off the ground is beneficial for strawberries as it reduces rotting and slug damage.

Growing strawberries in containers, planters, and pots helps with the rotting and slug damage.

Strawberry growing in vertical container

The nice thing about growing strawberries in containers is that you can use the runners and move them into a new pot increasing your strawberry pots over time.

Ideas for Growing Strawberries in Pots and Containers

Grow strawberries in a hanging basket

Growing Strawberries in Baskets by HGTV

Build a strawberry tower

Space Saving Strawberry Vertical Garden from the Owner Builder Network

 Strawberry pallet planter

DIY Strawberry Pallet Planter from Lovely Greens

 DIY Strawberry Tower

DIY Strawberry Tower from a Piece of Rainbow

Vertical strawberry gardening

Vertical Strawberry Gardening from garden photos

Grow strawberries in PVC pipes

Grow Strawberries in PVC Pipes from Urban Green Space

 Hanging Strawberry Planter Box

Hanging Strawberry Planter Box from Foxy Folksy

While we often grow strawberries in the ground, after moving and having field mice problems, I think trying them out in containers is a good idea.

Grow strawberries in pots and containers

26 thoughts on “Growing Strawberries in Containers”

  1. Hello Isis!
    So excited to see your garden planner since ive akways done them too but now need it already done so i can just fill it in.

    Hubby & I tend a huge garden and many flowerbeds we’ve established over a ten year period here in the national forest which has been very tricky with only having sandy and acidic soil.

    Thank you for creating a page for people like us who need more advice.

    Adriana Tison
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    • Strawberries require pollination to produce fruit, you could potentially grow plants inside but there wouldn’t be yield

      • You can, you can hand pollinate them…you can also grow ever bearing types in hydroponic NFT tubes as well…we did..

    • Strawberry plants should say what growing zone they’re meant for when you buy them. For example if you’re in a cold climate, you’ll need a growing zone 3-5. If you have a warmer climate, certain varieties are better suited to warmer zones 7-9. You could bring the containers into a garage or leave them under the snow. Plastic will crack and expand though, so definitely bring those into a storage shed of some kind.

  2. Last summer, I took three different typical cheap plastic pots and stacked them up and planted strawberries in each of the three pots. It soon filled out to look like one giant bush of berries hanging everywhere and worked pretty well considering my patio faces north in Seattle. I did the same thing for an herb pot that has Rosemary, Oregano, Marjoram, Peppermint, and French Lavendar.

    The Rosemary grew slowly because it is in the small pot on top. Here in Seattle, we use Rosemary for landscaping and use it in yards everywhere. It gets huge out here. But the small pot and lack of light slowed things down.

    One last thing – with the strawberries, I buried another pot in the center of the bottom large one that was going to have a pot over it so I would not need so much dirt. Strawberries do not need as much depth as say a rose bush.

    • Hi Sandra,

      It depends on your climate, strawberry plants can handle cold temperatures, ours overwinter under the snow every year. The big problem is freezing can break containers so you need to make sure there’s no water content during the cold months. It’s best to bring containers into a garage, carport, basement or garden shed for the winter months. Most strawberry plants are cold hardy to zone 3

    • Hi Irene, with strawberries you usually buy plants. They create a side shoot (called a runner) which becomes a new plant. I’m not sure where you live, but most garden centres have them in the springtime.

    • I would only put in one or two. Strawberries create runners every year, and after 3 years the original plant will need to be replaced as they’re short lived perennials. It’s the runners that spread strawberry plants and create new plants so you could plant those. Best of luck!

  3. FYI – Using metal gutters for strawberries will not work, soil get too hot. Might work better with deep plastic gutters.

  4. Hi,
    Very interesting read. Enticing too.
    I live in Nigeria. Our seasons are two – Harmattan also known as the Dry season , and then, the Rainy season since it is a tropical country. The dry season, which lasts from November until April is determined by high temperatures and low humidity, and is affected by warm winds coming from the Sahara Desert to the north.These winds are known locally as ‘harmattan’, and they come into force around December until February. For the other six months of the year the country is in the Wet or Rainy season. Rains start in the south, and then travel northward, with most parts of the country seeing the most rain in May, June, or July.
    Can I grow strawberries in my country?

  5. On all the photo’s i see the fruits have long stems , is this a special variety of berry??
    Mine are short and i have a problem keeping them off the soil .
    Thanks for the article.. very helpful!



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