Strawberry hanging basket

Do it:

Mar, Apr

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul

A hanging basket packed with strawberry plants not only looks great, but will provide you with rich pickings of fresh fruit over several weeks, and all for just a few pounds. Choose your varieties carefully and you can have fruit from June until early autumn.

You will need

  • Strawberry plants x4
  • 35cm lined hanging basket
  • Multi-purpose and loam-based compost

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Make a few holes in the polythene lining of your basket, to allow for drainage.

Fill the basket with multipurpose compost to just below the rim.

Space the strawberry plants evenly around the edge of the basket. As a guide, a 35cm basket will hold four plants.

Water the basket well to settle the compost and encourage the roots to grow. Start feeding the plants once flowering has started. Hang the basket in a sheltered, sunny spot to encourage pollinating insects and help the fruit ripen.

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Kevin Smith

Strawberry hanging basket

The strawberry plants will produce runners after they have fruited – snip them off and pot them on to create new plants for free. They’ll produce fruit of their own the following year so it really is worth the effort.

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