It’s time to plant some strawberries! These delectable little berry plants grow very well in containers of all types. Here are 20+ strawberry planter ideas to get you inspired!
1. Classic Strawberry Pot
The classic strawberry planter is a terra cotta strawberry pot. These large, urn-like containers have openings on the sides that allow strawberries to grow along the sides of the planter as well as out the top. The openings almost look like little windows (complete with little terra-cotta cupped windowsills).
Terra cotta pots are made of naturally-sourced clay. Take special care to fill the strawberry pot with high-quality potting soil. Look for a soil that contains perlite to keep it airy and let the roots “breathe”. Organic matter such as homemade compost is also very helpful for larger outdoor pots, and even a bit of high-quality organic fertilizer.
“There are also lots of great strawberry varieties, like Delizz, that do well in pots.”Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big and Small Spaces, by Tara Nolan
2. Hanging Berry Basket
A hanging basket planter is another very popular way to grow strawberries. The trailing nature of the runners makes strawberry plants a perfect pairing with an elevated planter.
Fill a hanging basket entirely with strawberry plants, or intersperse them with ornamentals for a double-duty hanging basket. As this idea catches on, more and more nurseries are offering pre-planted hanging baskets of strawberries!
“Add a strawberry plant with red flowers to a hanging basket rather than a flowering annual.”Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big and Small Spaces, by Tara Nolan
3. Laundry Basket Strawberry Planter
The laundry hamper DIY planter idea is becoming more and more popular for growing strawberries. Plastic laundry hampers are easily available year-round at big box stores, and they almost always have holes on the sides (like terra cotta strawberry planters. Line it with landscape fabric or burlap if the holes are large.
“Use as many recycled containers, materials, and everyday items as you can. You don’t have to buy hugely expensive things if you use your imagination.”Thrifty Gardening: From the Ground Up, by Marjorie Harris
4. Patio Pyramid Planter
I love these wooden patio pyramid planters for growing strawberries! They’re classy and very efficient in terms of space:
The cedar is long-lasting and not as prone to rot as other types of wood. This is a really nice alternative if you don’t want to use ceramic or plastic (especially in climates prone to freeze in wintertime). If you’re handy, you may even be able to do this strawberry planter idea as a DIY project: Plans for DIY Wooden Strawberry Pyramid Planter. These wooden patio pyramids are consistently one of the top strawberry planter ideas.
5. Vertical Strawberry Garden Wall
A vertical garden wall is very well-suited to growing strawberries. Start with a few plants and be ready to transplant the runners into new spots to expand your vertical strawberry patch! There are lots of different vertical garden wall systems and DIY ideas out there, most of which would be perfect for strawberry plants.
6. Repurposed Colander
Colanders are a common kitchen item to repurpose into a strawberry planter. They already have holes on the sides and the larger ones can hold a few strawberry plants. Place the colander on the patio or hang it up as a DIY hanging strawberry planter….pretty perfect!
7. Tiered Ladder Planter
Ladder planters with 3-5 tiers are another great way to squeeze extra strawberry plants into a small footprint. Some are made with metal and plastic, while others have a more rustic wooden appearance (like an antique ladder almost!). This is one of the best strawberry planter ideas for a small space (along with the vertical wall and the Mr. Stacky planters discussed below).
8. Strawberry Planter Post
This cedar post tower planter almost looks like a traditional newel post at the bottom of a staircase:
This strawberry planter idea is a simple, slim alternative to a rounded, ceramic strawberry pot. The post could be left unfinished, or be stained or painted with non-toxic material to match your exterior decor.
9. Geotextile Strawberry Pockets
Pockets of fabric can work as strawberry planters when hung up as a vertical garden. These planters look a bit like the shoe organizers that are hung inside closet doors, except that they are designed to hold soil and plants instead of shoes! What a fun, modern way to grow strawberries!
10. Pallet Strawberry Planter Idea
Pallets remain very common for growing strawberries. They typically have large-enough spaces between boards for the plants to peek out. Pallets with large spaces between boards may need to be lined with landscaping fabric or burlap to hold in the soil as the roots become established.
Beware that many pallets are made with chemically-treated wood or have otherwise been exposed to fumigation in transit. You may wish to build your own pallet strawberry garden out of natural wood.
11. Serving Bowls
Large serving bowls can be repurposed into strawberry planters, like the one pictured above. This idea includes bowls for serving large salads, as well as display-type centerpiece bowls and deep trays. Check out your local thrift store to see what’s available! For a permanent strawberry planter, add a drainage hole to the bottom to let excess water drain out (and keep some air in the soil!).
12. Raised Garden Bed
Make a raised garden bed just for your strawberries! Strawberries are a perfect perennial crop to grow in raised beds, especially if you leave some spaces in the sides to let a few extra plants make a home there. Here is a very popular tutorial for a pallet-themed raised bed specifically for growing strawberries.
13. Geotextile Planter Bag
Geotextile fabric planter bags are an easy, portable way to grow strawberries in containers. These planters are very light and don’t require any assembly. Some are made of fabric similar to black landscaping fabric, while others are more of a grey, felted fabric. Some are square and some are round. You’re sure to find one that suits your space!
14. Baking Dishes
Like serving bowls, deep baking dishes can be used to grow strawberries. This is particularly applicable to growing strawberries indoors. Shown above is a video planting a strawberry plant in a soufflé dish.
15. Whisky Barrel Planter
A classic whisky barrel planter can be perfect for strawberries! Plant the whole thing with strawberry plants, or even add a tall center plant like a banana or canna for some height and visual interest. You could even use a dwarf blueberry bush in the middle for a full-on fruit salad container garden! Talk about a delicious strawberry planter idea!
“If you’d like to grow strawberries in containers, select a day-neutral cultivar and make sure to use a container with excellent drainage. Container berries will grow well in a soil mixture that is half potting soil, one-quarter sand, and one-quarter finely ground fir bark, which helps with soil acidity. Eight cups of slow-release fertilizer per cubic yard of mixed soil can be added before planting.”Growing Berries and Fruit Trees in the Pacific Northwest: How to Grow Abundant, Organic Fruit in Your Backyard, by Tara Austen Weaver
16. Repurposed Tub or Bucket
An old tub or bucket can easily be repurposed into a strawberry planter. This idea includes galvanized tubs and metal buckets, as well as old concrete or ceramic washtubs and basin sinks. Here is a youtube tutorial about planting gorgeous strawberry plants in a big old galvanized tub.
A VegTrug planter is another great option for a strawberry planter. These specialty garden planters are made to last. They’re also raised up off the ground, making them much more accessible and easy to use than traditional planter pots. They’re available in both wood and metal:
18. Window Box Strawberry Garden
Strawberries are extremely cute hanging out of a window box. Choose compact varieties that bear fruit over a long period. If you’re hanging them outside a kitchen or near a patio, be sure to look for some of the best-tasting strawberry varieties so you’ll have the tastiest berries possible for snacking on!
19. Mr. Stacky Strawberry Planter
The Mr. Stacky planters (and similar brands) are perhaps the best way to get a ton of strawberry plants into a very small square-foot space. These stackable plastic trays combine to make a tower with alternating open pockets for plants to peek out. Most of these planters are a terra-cotta colour (burnt orange), reminiscent of ceramic strawberry pots.
“Most types of strawberries produce runners with offsets that include node roots.”Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers, by Leslie F. Halleck
20. Gutter Garden
Strawberry plants are well-suited to a gutter garden. Gutter gardens are becoming an increasingly-popular idea for a unique strawberry planter system.
A gutter garden is simply pieces of rain gutter that have been mounted against a wall or even hung at an accessible height. If you prefer plastic, you can also use a horizontal piece of PVC pipe with holes for the plants. Be sure to use high-quality potting mix and to include drainage holes to let excess water drain out.
21. Strawberry Plant Wreath
The strawberry living wreath idea comes from Stephanie Rose of Garden Therapy. She has a full tutorial about how to make a wreath-shaped planter for strawberry plants that can be hung up as a living wreath! Check it out here: https://gardentherapy.ca/living-strawberry-wreath/
22. PVC Pipe Tower
A PVC pipe tower garden is a newer strawberry planter idea that’s like a giant, skinny, strawberry pot. Its just a piece of PVC pipe that’s had some holes drilled along the sides and then been mounted in the ground to stick up vertically like a tower. Generally 6″ or 8″ diameter pipe is used to allow for adequate soil volume for the plants.
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