strawberry Planter Ideas
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We were finally able to harvest some fruit! And not just any fruit…strawberries! Grocery store strawberries can sometimes be a little tart or bland. There’s simply nothing like the taste of sweet juicy homegrown strawberries, and I’m beyond thrilled to be able to pick some fresh from our own little yard.
If we’re able to harvest strawberries, you know they are a sturdy plant. The more you manage them, the greater your harvest will be. But even with a low maintenance approach, they can grow into a healthy ground cover that produces some delicious berries, year after year.
Now that we’ve been having some fun with our strawberry plants, we’re looking for planters that can be moved around to sunnier spots for even more success. Versatility makes strawberry plants an ideal fruit to grow in small spaces. As long as you factor in soil health, good drainage and sunlight, they can be grown in a wide variety of planters. Plus, by getting berries off the ground, you’re making it more difficult for berry-loving pests like slugs to reach the fruit before you!
After too many days of strawberry planter shopping, I’ve finally narrowed it down to 5 strawberry planter ideas that will give any size yard or balcony a delicious berry harvest.
Strawberry Planter top pick
This Keter Easy Raised Garden Bed has John and I questioning why we built the traditional wooden garden beds in our yard in the first place!
With an easy to read water gauge that tells you when plants need more water, a simple drainage system, AND a reservoir to help prevent over watering, figuring out exactly how much water your plants need will be easy peasy. Finding the exact right water balance has always been a challenge for me, so I love a planter that takes care of this by design.
Being able to move this planter around as your gardening needs change is also a perk. You basically have the benefit of a garden bed with the convenience and pest-protection of a container. Perfect for townhouse patios like ours or even balconies.
Top Strawberry Planter Ideas
Grow a big batch of strawberries even if you have limited outdoor space with the Mr. Stacky 5 Tiered Vertical Planter.
- 1 square foot of floor space for up to 20 plants
- Durable and light weight
- Innovative design means you only have to water the top plants. The system has drainage holes in the center and outer areas that optimally disperse water to each tier’s root systems. This helps you avoid the root rot associated with water pooling.
- Can mix and match different types of plants without having to worry about a polyculture strategy.
- No need to worry about the chips and cracks that come with clay or terra cotta planters.
With holes along the sides of this hanging planter, the HIT Corp Metal Strawberry Planter combines the benefits of traditional hanging planters with the harvest possibilities of popular hanging grow bags.
- Holds 8-12 strawberry plants with a 13.5″ diameter and planting holes in the sides.
- Drainage holes in the planter’s bottom help combat root rot.
- Galvanied steel is a more durable option than other popular hanging grow bags.
- Hanging planters are versatile and can be easily moved if needed.
Read up on the pros and cons of planting strawberries in hanging planters below.
Like vertical towers, these Reeyox Strawberry Grow Bags will help you produce a full harvest of strawberries regardless of how much space you have on your patio or balcony.
- Grows large number of berries in a small space.
- Bag design provides a large volume of soil per plant.
- 8 side pockets designed to work well with the strawberry plant’s shallow roots.
- Lightweight and breathable fabric creates a stable growing environment.
- Bags are designed to be sturdy enough to be reusable as needed.
- Thick handle allows you to move the bags around your garden as needed.
More on planting strawberries in grow bags below.
At just under 8.5” tall with a 7.5” diameter top, this plastic Aztec Durable Plastic Strawberry Jar is more durable than traditional terra cotta strawberry pots but keeps the classic design.
- Good choice if you want to grow strawberries, but aren’t concerned about a big harvest.
- Design mirrors the traditional terra cotta strawberry pots, but plastic means no chipping or cracking in the garden or during shipment.
- Holes down the sides allow for additional plants to be added, increasing the number of berries you can harvest from a small container.
Read more on the pros and cons of using strawberry pots below.
Quick Recap of Our Favorite Strawberry Planter Ideas
Things to consider when choosing a strawberry planter
Where do you plan on putting your strawberry plants? Strawberry plants enjoy full sun, 6 hours per day is recommended. They will survive in partial shade, but you’ll get fewer and less flavorful berries with less sun. They do the best in temperatures ranging from 70-85 F (21-29 C), so they may need more shade and/or water depending on your region.
Watering just the right amount is probably the most difficult part of growing strawberries in planters. They need moist soil, but you have to be careful not to over-water because it can cause root rot. You’ll want to water frequently in small amounts, but how often will depend on the planter you choose. You’ll need to water plants in the hanging planter the most often, and larger containers or beds less frequently. Dealing with the watering challenge is one reason the Kety Self-Watering Planter Bed is so appealing!
The container material plays a part in how high or low maintenance your strawberries are. A porous material like terra cotta allows roots to breathe but also dries out quickly. Light colored containers can help keep roots cooler than their darker counterparts. Make sure to factor in the strawberry planter material you choose when considering how to best care for your berries.
Strawberry Planter pros and cons
Vertical Towers and Growing Systems
PRO: You can grow lots of strawberries without using up valuable square footage. Towers like Mr. Stacky have clever watering systems that make watering easy.
CON: Even though the tower itself holds a good volume of plants for the space, the plant containers themselves are still fairly compact. If your berries are getting a lot of sun, they may dry out more quickly than in a garden bed. You may want to choose a lighter color and keep a close eye on soil moisture accordingly.
PRO: You’ll have a good chance of success growing lots of strawberries in a small space because they provide a large volume of soil per plant. They are also more lightweight than the traditional strawberry pot with handles for easy moving.
CON: Requires constant watering and some prep work to make sure that the berries in the bottom get as much water as those at the top. Consider the drain pipe trick below.
PRO: Easy to move out of the heat or cold to protect the plant. Also, strawberry plants will be out of reach from pests, and strawberry fruit will not reach the ground resulting in less bacteria and disease.
CON: Frequent watering and regular fertilization recommended due to the comparably limited nutrients and larger exposed surface area in smaller planters.
Raised Garden Beds
PRO: A garden bed planter best mimics the growing environment of strawberries in the ground, meaning that you’ll have the best chance of long-term, perennial growing. Strawberry plants usually produce fruit for 3 years or even a bit longer.
CON: When planting in the ground, most gardeners recommend leaving plenty of space between strawberry plants to make room for the runner, or “daughter,” plants. The garden bed planter shown above allows for more room than some of the other containers, but probably not enough to allow the daughter plants to spread out. You’ll have to decide how much you want to manage or maintain these.
PRO: Strawberry pots come in smaller containers. If you only want to grow a few strawberry plants, this might be a better option for you. The pot shown above is plastic, which is more durable and easier to ship than traditional terra cotta. Terra cotta is more fragile, but can also improve soil aeration and protect plants from staying wet for too long. Something to consider if you want a classic terra cotta version!
CON: If you’re looking to harvest a lot of strawberries, you’ll want a planter with more volume than a strawberry pot.
Which strawberry To choose?
Make sure the strawberries you choose work well with your planter and sun exposure. For example, if you choose a smaller planter, select strawberry plant varieties that produce smaller berries and fewer runners that take energy away from fruit production.
Tip: Choose starters with already ripening fruit. We did this to help build some confidence as we got started after previous garden struggles!
June strawberries produce an abundance of large, sweet berries in early summer. They’re popular among home gardeners and there are many varieties available to grow. Despite their popularity, they may not be the best variety for containers due to the high amount of runners they produce which wouldn’t be used and thus would steal energy from fruit production.
Day-Neutral: Most everbearers flower as a result of the longer days experienced during the summer. Within this group are some day-neutral varieties that are not dependent on the length of daylight. Tristar and Tribute are widely recommended day-neutral varieties.
Everbearing strawberries usually have two harvests: one in early summer and the other in late summer or early fall, though sometimes you’ll have fruit throughout the growing season. These berries tend to be smaller than the June strawberries and are a good option for smaller strawberry planters.
Alpine strawberries are descendants of wild strawberries. They have dense, compact plants that produce small fragrant berries from early summer to fall. They do well in partial shade, so they are a good option if your space doesn’t get full sun exposure. They produce fruit from spring through fall.
Tricks for common strawberry planter challenges
Some people have trouble getting the strawberry plants into the side holes without spilling soil. Try creating a hole in the middle of a coffee filter and feeding the top of the strawberry plant through it before planting. When the plants are positioned in the sides of the container, the filter will stop soil from falling out but will still allow for air circulation and water absorption.
It can be a challenge to water all plants evenly in a strawberry pot or grow bag. Before filling the container with potting mix, cut some PVC pipe slightly longer than the height of the container. Drill holes along the sides, and install your pipe into the center of the container while planting. The water and fertilizer you pour into the pipe will have an easier time getting to roots throughout the container. The top will be hidden by the strawberry plants on top.