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Hanging Strawberry Planter – Love strawberries, but don’t have much room in your refrigerator? However, all is not lost since strawberries may be grown in hanging baskets as a remedy. Strawberry baskets make the most of little space, and with the right type, hanging strawberry plants will not only be visually appealing, but will also provide a valuable food crop.
Additionally, a hanging strawberry garden is resistant to pest infestations and soil-borne illnesses, and it has a small harvest area compared to other types of gardening. For those who have trouble with deer or other animals nibbling on your berry harvest before you have a chance to enjoy it, hanging strawberries may be the answer to keeping the delicate berries up and out of their reach.
Hanging strawberry planter also convenient for moving out of the sun or out of the cold in the winter to protect the plant from the elements. Strawberry shortcake is waiting for you if you follow the instructions below!
How to Grow Strawberries in Hanging Baskets
The secret to successfully growing strawberries in hanging baskets is to choose plant types that yield tiny berries and are not prone to producing runners or “daughter” plants, which are undesirable. However, because of their proclivity to send out numerous runners and divert energy that could otherwise be used in fruit production, June-bearers are not suitable for use in a hanging strawberry garden.
June-bearers are one of the most popular varieties of strawberry for home gardeners. However, they are not suitable for use in a hanging strawberry garden because of their proclivity to divert energy that could otherwise be used in fruit production.
Day-neutral strawberry plants are the ideal choice for fruit-bearing strawberry baskets since they produce fruit all year. It is common for these berry specimens to yield fruit at least twice a year, first in the early summer and then again in the autumn, but under ideal circumstances they may produce berries throughout the whole growing season, earning them the nickname “ever-bearers.”
Some of the Day-Neutrals that are particularly suitable for use in a hanging strawberry garden are as follows: Tribute, Mara des Bois, Tristar, Evie and Albion. Quinalt and Ogallala strawberries are two more varieties of strawberries that may be grown in tiny areas.
Another option to consider (Fragaria spp.) is Alpine strawberries, which are a descendant of the wild strawberry and have thick, compact vines that produce tiny, aromatic, and very delicious berries. Alpine strawberries grow in partial shade and, as a result, may be an excellent choice for gardeners who only have a limited amount of sunlight exposure. From spring through autumn, they produce fruit on their trees. The following are some examples of strawberries that may be grown in tiny spaces: Mignonette, Rugen Improved and Yellow Wonder (bears yellow berries).
Any of these kinds will thrive as hanging strawberry plants, and they are all easy to grow. In nurseries or online (in the form of plants or seeds), alpine strawberries may be obtained in a wider diversity than in the retail environment.
Hanging Strawberry Planter: Some Tips and Tricks
Following the selection of the appropriate kind of hanging strawberry plants, the next step is to choose a container for your hanging strawberry garden. The planter, which is often a wire basket, should be 12 to 15 inches (31-38 cm) in diameter from top to bottom and deep enough to accommodate the roots. With this diameter, three to five plants should be able to grow comfortably.
Line the basket with coir or peat moss to assist in water retention, or buy a self-watering basket and fill it with soil mixed with a high-quality fertilizer or compost to help with water retention and drainage. Because they include hydrogels or chemical polymers, it is not recommended to utilize moisture-retaining soils specially designed for use with ornamental plants on these edibles. Yuck!
To get the best results, plant the strawberry plants as early as possible in the spring and as close as possible to spring blossoming flowers that are attracting bees, who are required pollinators for strawberries to produce fruit. Place the hanging strawberry plants closer together than you would in a garden to maximize their yield.
How to Take Care of Your Hanging Strawberries
Because of the restricted quantity of nutrients available in the tiny planter, strawberry baskets should be watered on a daily basis and fertilized on a regular basis (once a month until they bloom). When watering the strawberries that are growing in hanging baskets, avoid getting the fruit wet to prevent it from rotting, but do not allow the plants to get dehydrated.
Once a month until the strawberries bloom, and then every ten days after that, feed your hanging strawberry garden with a controlled release liquid fertilizer that is rich in potassium and low in nitrogen to keep it healthy.
Hanging strawberry plants (with the exception of Alpine types) need a minimum of six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day to produce their best fruit. Fruit should be collected as soon as the berries are red, if at all feasible, in dry weather, with care taken to keep the green stem in place after the fruit has been plucked. Remove any runners that may have been attached to the strawberry baskets.
If the heat is unbearable, or if frost or rainstorms are forecast, relocate the hanging strawberry patch to a more protected location. Hanging strawberries should be repotted each spring with new soil so that you may enjoy the benefits of your work for years to come – at the very least for three years. Yes, it may be time to invest in a fresh set of plants for your strawberry baskets after that, but in the meanwhile, please pass the whipped cream and strawberries.