Strawberry pot garden basics & planting tips

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If you’re looking for a way to grow strawberries indoors or in a small space, a strawberry pot might be the answer.

A strawberry pot is a container made specifically for growing strawberries. Strawberry pots are typically urn-shaped and have pocket-like openings on the sides. These planters are made of clay or plastic and have drainage holes in the bottom to allow excess water to escape. The sides of a strawberry pot are generally high, which helps keep the soil warm and moist.

Read on to learn all about strawberry pots!

Strawberry pots

Strawberry pots: The basics

Do you love growing strawberries but don’t have enough space in your garden for a traditional strawberry bed? If so, you might want to consider using a strawberry pot!

Strawberry pots are specially designed containers that allow you to grow strawberries in a small space. They come in many different shapes and sizes, so you can find one that will fit perfectly into your patio garden. Best of all, strawberry pots are easy to use and require very little maintenance. So if you’re looking for an easy way to add strawberries to your garden, check out the options for strawberry pots!

Strawberry pot options

Here are some incredible strawberry pots to consider:

Here are some similar types of planters that aren’t classic strawberry pots but use a similar configuration:

“Strawberry pots are vertical urns that come equipped with multiple “pockets””

Homegrown Berries: Successfully Grow Your Own Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and More, Timber Press
Clay strawberry jar with ripe berry

How to plant a strawberry pot?

Here are the basic steps for planting strawberries in a strawberry pot, as well as a video showing the process. You’ll need:

1. Choose a strawberry pot that is the right size for your needs

When it comes to strawberry pots, size does matter. If you choose a too small planter, your plants will become overcrowded and won’t produce as many berries. On the other hand, if you select a pot that is too large, your plants will have difficulty taking root and may not produce any fruit.

The best way to determine the correct size pot for your needs is to consider the number of plants you want to grow. For a small patch of strawberries, a single pot should suffice. For a more sizable crop, you may need two or three separate pots. Alternatively, you could use a larger planter with lots of pockets, such as a Tower Garden or a Farmstand.

Ceramic strawberry pots at the plant nursery

2. Add potting soil to the pot

Add moist potting mix to the pot. Add enough potting soil to the bottom of the pot so that the soil level reaches the base of the bottom level of the pockets. This may only be a few inches of soil in smaller strawberry pots.

3. Plant your strawberries

Strawberry pots are easiest to plant with bare root strawberries. Pull each plant through a pocket from the inside of the pot so that only the leaves and base of the plant are in the pocket while the roots stay in the main part of the urn. Spread the roots out and place some soil on top of them. Then continue planting the pot level by level using moistened potting mix.

4. Water your strawberries regularly

Water the strawberry pot after planting it up and on a regular basis after planting. Container-grown strawberry plants dry out much more quickly than plants grown in the ground. You may need to water several times a week or even daily during heat waves.

5. Fertilize them every few weeks to keep them healthy and productive

Most potting mixes contain enough fertilizer to last for a few months, but if your mix does not, consider adding a little bit of slow-release organic fertilizer to the base of each plant.

6. Harvest your strawberries when they are ripe, and enjoy!

Keep your strawberry pot outdoors so the blossoms can be pollinated by bees and other beneficial pollinators. Watch the flowers turn into berries and harvest them when they are plump and red. Enjoy your fresh strawberries!

Strawberry pots planted with strawberry plants at the nursery

Common questions about strawberry pots

Here are some commonly-asked questions about strawberry pot planters.

Why do strawberry pots have holes?

Strawberry pots have holes on the sides for each strawberry plant. One strawberry plant pokes out of each hole, holding the plant into the side of the pot. This arrangement prevents weeds from growing while allowing for a vertical growing surface down the sides of the pot (in addition to the top).

Strawberries growing in strawberry pot planter

Are strawberry pots good for strawberries?

Strawberries grow very well in strawberry pots, especially when grown in full sunlight and watered frequently. Strawberry planters take up very little space and can easily fit on a balcony or patio, but they can dry out quite quickly in direct sunlight. Be sure to water them often and don’t let them dry out for too long.

Blue strawberry pot container garden

How often do you water strawberries in a pot?

Strawberries growing in strawberry pots usually need to be watered once or twice a week, or whenever the pot dries out. A strawberry pot in direct sunlight may need to be watered daily during heat waves. Small strawberry pots tend to dry out more quickly than large strawberry pots.

Terra cotta and clay strawberry pots


Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a gardening expert and founder of Home for the Harvest. She's also a professional engineer, certified permaculture garden designer, and master gardener in training. Mary Jane has been featured by publications such as Real Simple, Mother Earth News, Homes & Gardens, Heirloom Gardener, and Family Handyman.