Posted: 05/07/2013 at 05:53
All the plants were in a mixture of garden soil and New Horizon peat free compost. I can't remember the exact ratio. Weekly feeding with Tomatorite. I too have tried the idea of hanging baskets but without much success, probably due to the difficulty of ALWAYS keeping them moist.
Interesting Bob that we have had very similar results. There are so many different types of strawberry planters available and I am beginning to wonder whether any of them can really produce the same results as ground grown plants. I suspect not.
When I bought my initial strawberry plants I went to a local nursery to try and get the best advice. I was told that pot size should not actually make a great deal of difference if you manage to keep on top of the irrigation, ie even if you have the plants in reasonably small pots where the roots may appear a bit restricted, it should not effect the outcome provided they are never allowed to dry out. NEVER being the key word. He intimated that if the growth of the plant is checked even once, the results will never be the same.
Like you, I have been watering twice a day but even this is sometimes not enough in the smaller pots. Next year I am going to set up some proper automatic irrigation and see if I can test this theory a bit more.