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Video:How to Grow Strawberries in Garden Pots

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Growing strawberries in garden pots is simple with the necessary materials and a warm sunny day. Learn the basics and flex your green thumb with this easy DIY project.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Grow Strawberries in Garden Pots

Hi! I'm Sheri Silver.  I'm a landscape designer here in Westchester County, New York.  My design firm is Fiore Garden Design and I'm also the writer of the blog Donuts, Dresses, and Dirt.  I'm here today with About.com to show you how to grow and plant strawberries.

Necessary Materials

There are a few things you are going to need to plant strawberries. One is obviously the strawberry plants.  These are a little Alpine strawberries. 

This is a strawberry pot and the advantage of a pot like this versus the traditional ground pot is that it takes up the same amount of room on the ground, but it allows you to plant many more plants than you could otherwise.  So for example I could maybe get just one strawberry plant in this pot, but because this pot is vertical and has these little holes, it's going to allow me to plant 5 strawberry plants.

Filling Your Pot

So you want to start by putting a little bit of your potting mix in the base of your pot, just up to the bottom of the first opening.  Then you're going to want to take your plant out of the pot.  It's going to look like this and you're going to want to loosen the roots and take away as much soil as possible, so that you can fit it in easily to the opening.  So it's actually going to look like this.  Remove some of the dirt and with your fingers, just open up those roots a little bit.

You can put the plant in one of 2 ways.  You can either put it in from the outside or you can pop it in from the inside.  You just want to gently tug the leaves out.  You then want to cover it with a little bit of dirt and then you want to go to the next opening and you repeat until you are at the very top.  Once all the holes are filled, you are going to fill the remainder of the pot up to about an 1 inch to 1-1/2 inches towards the top and then place the last plant in the top.

Finishing Up

A little bit more potting mix around the base, gently press it in and then if you would like, you can finish it with a little bit of mulch.  I like to use this mulch because it helps to keep the soil moist then the temperature regulated.  It also prevents splash up of water onto the leaves and then you're going to give it a good watering. 

Strawberry plants need 6-8 hours of sunlight every day. So here is a strawberry that is just emerging and you want to wait until that turns nice bright strawberry red before you harvest it. 

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