Pot size for Strawberries?

PunkRotten(9b)January 15, 2013

Hi,

I do not have the space for a bed of strawberries. And I worry about slugs and disease from berries touching the ground. So I decided to grow them in pots. I hear they have shallow roots and because of this a pot as shallow as 6 inches is adequate. Is this true?

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nycgarden(6)

Hi PR,
Not in my experience. You can certainly grow them in smaller containers (I do) but you will not get as many berries and they will be on the small side. Also, after 1 year, the roots on my plants extend as much as 3 feet (after I unwrap them from inside the rootbound pot). I would use at least a 12' deep pot if you have them. Make sure you mulch and check for thrips and slugs. You may also want to use bird netting. Nothing worse than waiting weeks for that berry to turn red only to find it shredded to pieces by some bird. Hope that helps.

-Dan

Here is a link that might be useful: my gardenblog

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 8:08AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I have grown mine in window boxes the last 2 years and they did fine. At the ag center they grow them in grow boxes and fertilize with miracle gro every time they water. They get an awesome amount of large strawberries.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 7:07PM
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mrlike2u(**)

Sounds like if you put more plants per pot you would get fewer and smaller than anticipated berries.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 7:34PM
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rina_

I don't grow strawberries (yet!), but have seen photos of them growing in many different containers, even eavesthroughs, or in vertical gardens using 4"plastic pipe with holes cut out for the plants.
You can find lots of examples on youtube.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 11:55PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

We bought a strawberry topsy turvy container at a yard sale. I think I am going to replant my berries into that. Most of them have a rotten spot now when they are ripe in the window box.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 7:53PM
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charlieboring

Straberries will grow in a 6" container 4" deep, but will require feeding and the runners will not root.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 9:42AM
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PunkRotten(9b)

What is a good fertilizer for straws preferable in liquid form?

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 4:53AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Miracle Gro.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 8:29AM
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