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Best Ways to Grow Strawberries in Containers

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Best way to grow strawberries

Strawberries taste great, are healthy & cost a lot to purchase making them a great addition to your garden.

There are also some unique ways to grow strawberries rather than the traditional in the ground methods.

Keeping strawberries off of the ground is beneficial to reduce rotting or slug damage.

In this post I wanted to share with you ways to grow strawberries in containers or planters, pots or even growing them upside down! You can do this because strawberries create a runner to spread out the plant. Many people need to remove runners once a strawberry patch is full.

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

Here are some inspiring strawberry growing ideas for you!

SF Gate shows you how to grow strawberries in rain gutters.

Grow strawberries in a hanging basket

Growing Strawberries in baskets by HGTV

Build a strawberry tower

Space saving vertical garden from the Owner Builder Network


Vertical strawberry planter by Menards

 Strawberry pallet planter

DIY Strawberry Pallet Planter from Lovely Greens


DIY Strawberry Tower from a Piece of Rainbow

Vertical strawberry gardening from garden photos

Grow strawberries in pvc pipes from Urban Green Space


Hanging Strawberry Planter Box from Foxy Folksy

While we often grow strawberries in the ground, since moving and having meadow vole problems I think trying them out in containers would be a good idea.

Looking for some more great container ideas for gardening?

Grow strawberries in pots and containers

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  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

    • Hi Eric,

      The stacked pots work best with shallow roots crops like leafy greens & annual herbs. I’d say small root crops like radishes or paris market carrots would be ok at the bottom. If you look on Pinterest I’ve seen stacked pots that are large, some are small, some are DIY wooden and can be made to grow larger crops too 🙂

    • 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

  3. Hi I would like to know where on the mother plant(strawberry) do I remove a runner for replant and do I cut or break in off!

    • Hi Hans, you want to gently remove the part that has the new leaves and a tiny bit of roots. Once the runners spread, they create a little plant, then it grounds itself into the ground and sprouts roots. I tend to wait until it has begun sprouting roots then gently dig it out and replant it. Hope that helps

    • 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.

  4. We need 12 inch diameter part with at least an 18 inch depth how many plants would you put in there?

    • 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!

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