Strawberries are not only delicious but versatile, too – you can grow them in the ground and strawberry planters.
Find out all you need to know about growing strawberries in our practical guide: How to grow strawberries.
You can also grow strawberries in a hanging basket – it will not only look 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 – find out how to enjoy strawberries all summer.
As a guide, a 35cm basket will hold four plants. Here’s how to create a strawberry hanging basket.
You Will Need
- Strawberry plants
- Hanging basket and liner
- Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
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.
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.
Snip off runners
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.