Last season, we grew strawberries in containers! It was a big success. Pots of strawberries can be squeezed into any garden, even if you only have a patio or balcony. Learn why these compact fruit are perfect for pots, the best varieties, types of containers, how many berries to plant in a pot, and other container strawberry tips.
Why Grow Strawberries in Containers?
Strawberries are a natural choice for container growing for several reasons. They’re perfect for aspiring gardeners with little or no space. They look good – especially when in a strawberry tower or trailing from a hanging basket. And strawberries love a well-drained soil, so by growing them in containers, we can better supply that.
Plus, growing strawberries in pots makes them so much easier to protect the fruits from slugs and animal critters and they’re also much easier to harvest without bending over strawberry beds!
Best Strawberry Varieties for Containers
Before we get planting, let’s take a quick look at the different types of strawberries you can grow. There are two main types of strawberries.
- Everbearing aka perpetual strawberries. These, as their name suggests, crop over a longer period, producing berries all summer long. The berries tend to be smaller, but are widely considered to have a superior aroma and taste. Quinault is a great variety for containers.
- Summer-fruiting aka June-bearing strawberries. They ripen in late spring/early summer. The berries tend to be larger and, because they come all at once, are great if you want to make jam, can your berries or freeze them.
- There’s also a third, less common type of strawberry – the day-neutral strawberry, which is unaffected by daylength. The plants simply crop once they’ve reached a big enough size and if conditions are warm enough.
- Then you have the alpine strawberries and, unlike the other strawberries, they grow well in shade and can be left to pretty much get on with it! They are the sweetest, most aromatic fruits of all – but they are tiny, as you can see, so probably not worth growing in containers, but they would make a fantastic ground cover beneath, say, shrubs.