Hanging Strawberry Plants
Love strawberries but space is at a premium? All is not lost; the solution is growing strawberries in hanging baskets. Strawberry baskets take advantage of small spaces and with the correct variety, hanging strawberry plants will not only be attractive, but a useful food crop.
Other benefits of a hanging strawberry garden are its resistance to insect infestations and soil borne diseases along with its compact harvest area. If deer or other wildlife tends to nibble on your berry crop before you get a chance at a taste, hanging strawberries may very well be the solution to keeping the tender berries up out of their reach.
Hanging strawberry baskets are also easy to move out of the heat or winter cold in order to protect the plant.
Strawberry baskets should be watered daily and will need regular fertilization due to the rather limited amount of nutrients in the small planter. When watering the growing strawberries in hanging baskets, try not to get the fruit wet so it doesn’t rot, but do not allow the plants to dry out.
Feed your hanging strawberry garden at least once a month until blooming, and thereafter every ten days with a controlled release liquid fertilizer that is high in potassium and low in nitrogen.
Hanging strawberry plants need a good six to eight hours of full sun a day for optimal fruit production. Fruit should be harvested as soon as berries are red, if possible, in dry weather, taking care to leave the green stalk in place once fruit is picked. Remove any runners from the strawberry baskets.
Move the hanging strawberry garden to a sheltered area if heat is intense or frost or rainstorms are imminent. Repot hanging strawberries each spring with fresh soil and enjoy the fruits of your labor for years to come — well, for at least three years. Yep, after that it may be time to invest in a new round of plants for your strawberry baskets, but in the meantime, pass the whipped cream.
Information courtesy of GardeningKnowHow.com