Growing strawberries in baskets have several advantages. Not only is the fruit raised up high which makes picking it nice and smooth, but the plants are also well out of reach of many pests. Also, they should not rot as they have no direct contact with the soil. There are many strawberry varieties to choose from, and they are split into two groups based on when they fruit. From this article we can learn about Easy Steps To Grow Strawberries in a Basket. Please continue reading!
Ever barriers that produce berries throughout the summer and into the fall, and summer fruiting varieties that have a single dull flush of fruit between early and late summer. For the strawberry basket, you will need One large hanging basket at least twelve inches or thirty centimeters with integral plastic liner.
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A large pot or container, large enough to place the basket in a while planting. Four to six ever bearing or summer fruiting strawberry plants depending on size. Some are all purpose potting mix. Some soil based medium. A handful of water retaining gel crystals. Some slow release fertilizer.
A large scoop or trowel. With a watering can. A sturdy metal bracket with suitable fittings. Some bird netting. And a bottle of tomato fertilizer.
Step one: Place the basket in a pot to keep it stable while planting and if it doesn’t have an integral liner, line with heavy duty plastic to both retain the soil and help keep it moist.
Step two: Half fill the strawberry basket with the mixture of soil based medium and all purpose potting mix. Then add some slow release fertilizer and water retaining gel crystals.
Step Three: Soak the strawberry plants in a bucket of water to ensure that the root balls are sufficiently moist. Then gently remove them from their pots and tease out the roots a little to loosen them.
Step four: Space the strawberries evenly around the basket. Adding soil as necessary, plant them to the same depth as they were in their pots and so that the top of the root balls are one inch, or two and a half centimeters, below the rim of the basket.
Step five: Fill the strawberry basket with enough potting mix to reach one inch or two and a half centimeters below the rim to allow space for watering.
Step six: Water the basket until the soil is just saturated and allow the water to drain before securing it from a sturdy and well secured bracket or hook. Hang the basket in a sunny sheltered spot. Water daily in warm weather and apply a liquid tomato fertilizer every two weeks.
When the fruit starts to ripen cover it with netting to protect it from the birds. Enjoy the fruits of your labor, delicious strawberries from midsummer to fall. What to do in the winter: Ever bearers run out of steam after harvesting and should be replaced annually, but summer fruiting plants will reward you with crops for about four years. After the harvest, cut back ragged foliage. In the fall place baskets in a cool light room or a frost-free greenhouse to protect plants from inclement weather. Thanks for reading Easy Steps To Grow Strawberries in a Basket, see you soon!