How to Make a Strawberry Hanging Basket

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How to Make a Strawberry Hanging Basket

If you are short on space, growing strawberries in hanging baskets might be the way to go.  It is super simple, and can produce surprising yields. I whipped up a hanging strawberry basket this morning for the greenhouse and thought I’d show you how I did it.

tri star strawberries

To get started, you need to choose what type of strawberry you’d like to grow.  In general, smaller June bearing strawberries are the best choice, because they are not quite as prone to sending out runners. {Runners are how strawberries multiply, but they take a lot of energy from the plant–energy that would be better used to make berries.}  I used my favorite strawberries, Tri-Star.

how to make hanging baskets

Next, you need a hanging basket.  I used a standard wire hanging basket from the Home Depot {Amazon.com has hanging baskets too}.  Anything will work, so long as you have 12-15 inches from top to bottom.  Line your hanging basket with moss {or even coir} to help the plants retain water.

Fill your hanging basket with potting soil. {Need potting soil?  Check out my post on how to make your own potting soil.}

How to Grow Hanging Strawberries

You can typically plant 4-6 plants in your average size hanging basket. My basket was a little larger than normal so I used 12 strawberry plants.

How to Make a Strawberry Hanging Basket

Finally, water those suckers in, and Presto!  In a month or two you’ll have a hanging strawberry garden.

Don’t forget to water your hanging baskets pretty regularly, and your strawberry plants will need to be re-potted each year, to ensure enough nutrients for a good crop of berries.

How do YOU? Are you growing anything in hanging baskets this year?

~Mavis

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Comments

  1. Diane Bernath says:

    Hi Mavis – I actually just bought two of the baskets that are lined with some sort of coconut fibre or something so I’ll use these ( I had planned for flowers, but was wondering what to to with the strawberry plants I purchased from a school fundraiser).
    I do have a question though – for the winter (I’m in TOronto On.) would I just hang these in the garage and pull them out in the spring and repot them?
    Thanks, Diane

  2. Hi Mavis,
    I desperately want to grow strawberries, but I’ve got too many opossums in my neighborhood. This seems like a great option. Any other ideas on how to deal with the pests?
    Thanks,
    Kate in San Jose, Ca

  3. crlzmmr says:

    Anybody know why my strawberries are funny shaped?
    Am I not watering them enough?
    And raspberries…what are the tiny, tiny, tiny bugs in the berries?
    Are you just supposed to jingle the berries alittle in your hand
    and hope the bugs fall off before you eat the berries?
    or are you supposed to pick the raspberries
    and pop them in you mouth without looking at them first ?
    And do not even get me started on the little bite marks on my strawberries…
    (I’m figuring that might be snails…)
    Am I too picky about what comes from my garden ?

    • I would like to know the answers to these questions too!

      The bite marks square me actually. Mice? Birds? Squirrels? Ew!! I guess that’s why the hanging plants?

  4. Did you do a round of crowns midlevel in the basket and then top with more dirt and do another round on top? It sort of looks like it and I have been wondering if you could layer them that way so that they grow out the sides. Thanks!

  5. I believe you have it backwards. June bearers are the ones that put out lots and lots of runners! Lots! Everbearers don’t. June bearers would be miserable in a hanging basket. I have a 4 x 8 bed of them, and each plant is probably 18″ square, and at least that tall, with leaves the size of dinner plates!

    My pest problem is pill bugs!

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