planter-for-strawberriesMaybe you’ve decided that this year you are going to grow your own strawberries, but now you may be wondering what is the best type of strawberry planter to buy?

I know I did when I first started out growing strawberries and was looking to buy a strawberry planter!

There are so many different types of strawberry planters available on the market today, that it is almost more difficult just deciding which style of strawberry pots to use than what delicious dish to finally make with the strawberries once they’re ripe! 3-piece-strawberry-jar-planter-set2

One advantage of using strawberry planters as opposed to growing them in the ground is that they offer the opportunity of growing a large number of plants within a small amount of space and they’re available in many different sizes and styles.

Another advantage is that strawberry pots prevent the plants from taking over your vegetable garden! Strawberry container gardening also avoids the problem of the fruit going rotten due to laying on the ground, plus they generally allow for good drainage and best of all, there’s no weeding needed!

Top 5 Different Styles Of Strawberry Planters…

  1. Terracotta Strawberry Pots
  2. Plastic Strawberry Planters
  3. Enamel Strawberry Planters
  4. Upside Down Strawberry Planter – Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter
  5. Vertical Strawberry Planter
  6. Wooden Strawberry Barrel

Below the video you can find a description of all these different types of planters, but first of all, lets find out how to plant up a strawberry pot…

Terracotta Strawberry Pots:

blue-terracotta-strawberry-planterProbably the most traditional pot for growing strawberries in is the terracotta strawberry pot. They are long-lasting, ornamental and are available in different sizes and colors.  One drawback is that they are rather heavy – especially when fully filled!

One great advantage of terracotta strawberry pots is that they are very good at retaining heat, which means that the strawberries, which are very fond of heat, can gain the maximum benefit from the sun during the day. The pots age beautifully, and though made of clay, are surprisingly difficult to break. strawberry-pot-with-cocoa-moss-liner-and-water-tube

One important point to remember though when buying one, is to check whether it is frost resistant – you may have to consider wintering it inside to prevent it cracking if you live in an area where the temperature regularly drops below zero in the winter months.  You can learn more about caring for terracotta pots here. Just a reminder, these beautiful pots can sometimes be a little pricey, but if they are in your budget, they are really worth the investment!

Plastic Strawberry Planters:

These are available in an assortment of different sizes and are generally sturdy, can be fairly ornamental, come in varying colors and yet are not too heavy. This is a real bonus as it means they can be easily turned around to catch the sun, and then also are easily moved to a different part of the garden once the main strawberry season has ended. topsy-turvy-tomato-tree

They tend to have have a lot of space for growing strawberries and can also include added benefits, such as fittings for netting to protect the fruit while maturing. Available in an assortment of different sizes, these planters are generally sturdy, fairly ornamental and yet not too heavy. This is a good thing, as it means they can be easily turned around to catch the sun, and moved to a different part of the garden once the main strawberry season has ended.

Some types of plastic planters for strawberries also are available to be purchased in multiple units to stack on top of each other, kind of like a pyramid, which can turn your deck, patio or balcony into a cascade of tiered trailing strawberries! Others can be self-watering and some even come with a chain which gives you the added option of being used as a hanging strawberry container.

Enamel Strawberry Planter:

enamel-strawberry-planterThese types of strawberry containers come in a wide variety of shapes and assorted colors. Some are in the style of buckets and have handles, which gives you the added option of making them into hanging containers!

Sometimes you can find these old-fashioned beauties at garage sales or flea markets, though they may be a bit beaten up looking, but a new coat of paint can freshen them up and make them attractive again.

The only drawback is that they usually don’t have drainage holes in them, so you have to be careful not to over-water the plants or the roots will rot. A good idea is to add a hyrdomoter into the soil, to monitor the moisture content,  just to be on the safe side.

Upside Down Strawberry Planter – Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter:

topsy-turvy-strawberry-planterThis revolutionary growing method works with gravity, it takes gardening off the ground and turns it upside down, delivering water and nutrients directly to the roots.

Many upside down strawberry planters come in kits with very simple, easy-to-follow instructions. The strawberries are planted into the side of the planter, then their roots are separated and some soil are added.  The planter can then hung indoors or outdoors. Each port holds 2 strawberry plants for an even bigger yield.

You can grow up to 15 qts of strawberries based on average yield of 15 strawberry plants with normal care, feeding and sunlight. If you live in the country and you have the problem of wild animals raiding your garden, then by choosing a hanging version of a strawberry planter then you will be able to keep them away from your strawberries – You’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Vertical Strawberry Planter:

vertical-strawberry-planterThese types of containers can vary quite a bit – you can find free standing ones, made up of different sizes of tiers on metal, wooden or plastic supports, and then there are other types of planters that are designed to be hung on walls, fences or other supports and are usually made of vinyl.

These vertical hanging gardens have become all the rage because of their compact design, ease of care and maintenance. Since the plants are off the ground, you’ll be able to grow very clean, very high-quality berries. Disease problems can be minimized with the off-the-ground approach, particularly in a greenhouse where constant airflow is provided.

PVC sewer pipes can even be made into vertical strawberry towers and do really well if built in a greenhouse, check out how to make them here!

Another type of vertical planter for strawberries is a soft-sided, breathable material made from 100% recycled plastic bottles (PET) and you can literally make a living wall out of the units by placing numerous units side by side!

Wooden Strawberry Barrel:

how-to-make-an-old-time-strawberry-barrelYou can have the equivalent of a 25-foot garden row on only four square feet of land by using an old-time strawberry barrel! A traditional wooden strawberry barrel can hold 18 or 20 plants and each plant remains a solitary and can be treated as tenderly as a house plant. The fruit stays off the ground, away from marauding slugs, bugs, and meadow mice plus air flows freely around the plants so diseases do not spread.

Another advantage of growing strawberries in barrels is that runners can be easily captured in small plastic pots and the baby plants used to replace failing parent plants in following years. The traditional iron-bound, wood-slat barrels are not used for shipping as much any more, not like 100 years ago, so finding one of the barrels can sometimes be a little difficult.

They are usually 30-gallon kegs fashioned from staves of sweet white oak or beech wood. The kegs are sometimes cut in half and sold as patio planters for about $30 a piece at major lumberyards and home and garden supply outlets.

You can also make a more modern looking strawberry barrel out of a plastic barrel, if you don’t want to go to the expense of buying an authentic wooden one.  Plastic ones are much cheaper and then all you have to do is to drill the openings to insert the plants through.  There’s a video here, showing you how to do that.