How can you grow strawberries in a hanging basket?

Author: John A. Nesbitt

Hanging baskets are typically used to grow impressive flower displays but can also but used to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs. As well as being a novel alternative to flowers growing fruit and veg in a basket is a very clever use of space especially when in a town dwelling.

Strawberries make an ideal fruit to be grown in a hanging basket by providing both a delicious fruit as well as some colour for visual effect. Strawberries should be planted in spring.

You will need all of the materials to hand - frame, compost, liner, strawberry and other plants, slow release fertiliser and 12" of polythene.

Choose from the various different strawberry plants at your local nursery and aim to use 5-6 plants for a 14" basket. You can in 1-2 other plants for decoration if you choose for the effect whilst the strawberry plants are growing.

Place a piece of polythene in the basket to act as a reservoir to aid water retention. Strawberries need to be well watered throughout and are even more susceptible to drying out in a hanging basket.

Use a multi purpose compost and fill the basket to about a third of the way up the side. It is best to add slow release fertilisers which have the fertiliser sealed in a resin shell which releases over a long period.

The basket will now be full of compost and fertiliser so dig small holes in the compost to position the strawberry plants on the top or the sides. Each strawberry plant that you use will need time and light so leave a minimum of 5cm between each plant. Water the basket thoroughly to ensure the compost is completely wet.

As with any plants the strawberries will need to be regularly watered over the summer period until they fruit.

In summary, if you follow these steps the strawberry plants will provide edible fruit and provide a pleasant and alternative display to using regular flowers.

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About the Author

John Nesbitt is an expert in the planting and care of hanging baskets, troughs, containers and planters having been in the gardening business for nearly 25 years. John is the owner of Cooks View Nursery near Stokesley in North Yorkshire and regularly exhibits at garden and flower shows throughout the UK. In 1996 John developed the Amateurs Answer Hanging Basket Lining system to provide an easy way for everyday gardeners to get professional results with their hanging baskets.

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