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How To Plant A Strawberry Pot With Strawberries

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I was digging through my parents over grown flower bed and found two old Terracotta Strawberry Pots and decided that I would plant  one with strawberries . Nothing better than fresh strawberries and what a decorative addition to any patio or porch. A little work and a little TLC and your on your way to fresh Strawberry Shortcakes...UMMMM.
 
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Step 1: Supplies Needed

You'll need a Strawberry Pot which you can find at any pottery house or local garden supplier. Price's vary depending on the size and type. If you already have a strawberry pot you'll save a little cash. Also you'll need a piece of PVC pipe around 11/2 in diameter and a drill with a 1/4 bit to drill the PVC pipe, several small plants for the sides(depending on how many openings are in it) and a large one for the top, slow release plant food, organic potting soil, and a wheelbarrow or a large bucket ( to mix the soil and plant food in).

Step 2: The Water Tube (PVC Pipe)

The main problem with the strawberry pots are that they don't receive an equal amount of watering, the top gets too wet and the bottom and sides too dry. So we have learned that if we insert a piece of  PVC pipe with holes drilled every inch or so and insert it into the middle of the  pot, that when we water it through the tube, water is distributed evenly throughout the planter.

Measure the Pot and cut the PVC about an inch above the top (don't worry about the part sticking up out of the pot, it will be hidden by the larger plant on top). Then drill 1/4 inch holes through it about 1 inch or so, leaving about 2-3 inches from the top not drilled. Tape the top off with duct tape so soil won't get in it while filling the pot with soil.
cruizen4u2 years ago
I just wanted to say thank you for your easy to understand steps for planting strawberries in a terracotta pot. My mother and I decided to plant strawberries and bought a few to start with but neither one of us knew the first thing about planting them in a pot!

I went on the internet and found your step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish our goal. I even found a PVC pipe in the yard that I needed. I had to improvise for the power tool with a very sharp knife but I was able to cut the pipe to the size I wanted and to carve holes in it. Don't recommend this but I really needed to use the knife in this case.

Can't wait for the next 30 days when the strawberries start to grow. I would like to send a picture when this takes place because without this site and your know-how there wouldn't have been this elation I feel with having completed my project for the first time! Thank you again.
tecneeq4 years ago
I don't get why you have a water pipe. Why not just water the plants, the water will make it through to the lower plants eventually, right?

Too bad my balcony is like a million degrees in the summer, everything dies there, otherwise i would consider strawberry plants too.
tim_n tecneeq4 years ago
main reason is when compost dries it forms a hard layer and slightly shrinks meaning the compost can pull away from the sides of the pot.  When you water the water runs off the surface and down the sides of the pot and out the bottom.  Putting a tube down the center and filling it with stones conserves water meaning it gets more evenly distributed.  I've added a few more details about turning pots etc on my instructable here http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-watering-strawberry-planter/ however this one has some great photos & includes the addition of long lasting feed.  I only tend to feed my strawberries via organic nettle feed I make myself and water twice a week.
tecneeq tim_n4 years ago
Thanks for the answer, makes it all clearer to me.
seolfor tecneeq4 years ago
I actually use water pipes in a lot of my potted plants in the garden.  I know from experience that It helps to force the roots to grow deeper.  Watering from the top does not always get to the bottom, and it will dry out quicker.
mjordanlmj (author)  seolfor4 years ago
Thank's seolfor... I couldn't have said it better myself.
I see, and thanks for the reply. The things you learn :).
tim_n4 years ago
hehe, almost like mine: http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-watering-strawberry-planter/

Shame I couldn't enter it into the contest - I should have waited a couple of days till it was announced - I just assumed that I could add it later, but the rules of competitions have changed since my last set of entries.

Good luck!
mjordanlmj (author)  tim_n4 years ago
I guess it must be a great idea then.LOL.. well I dont think its a winner but after all it was my first one and I think I did pretty good considering.. As far as the pots go, I also have one at home with Herbs in it...