Strawberry pots are urns with pockets on all sides that can be made of terra cotta, ceramic and plastic. They can hold an array of different plants.
A strawberry pot is a container shaped like an urn with pockets or opening going down the sides. This container can be made of terra cotta, ceramic, or plastic. Each material has its pros and cons. Terra cotta is very attractive but porous. Plants planted in this type of container will have t be watered often. Ceramic material is beautiful, heavy, and will retain moisture but is the most expensive. Plastic is lightweight, will hold moisture, and is inexpensive but has a tendency to topple over in the wind.
Regardless of what type of strawberry pot is chosen the container needs to have a drainage hole in the bottom. This will keep your plants from rotting.
Planting in the Strawberry Pot
To plant in a strawberry pot is simple and requires potting soil, slow-release fertilizer, and depending on the type of plant and material of pot a moisture retaining material. This can be peat moss, or if in a pinch the stuffing from a clean dipper, which contains a substance, that holds water.
To start mix the potting soil, slow-release fertilizer and moisture retaining material if needed in a separate container.
Keep in mind that if slow-release fertilizer is not added to the soil mixture it will have to be added to the water when watering.
Then place drainage materials in bottom of pot making sure drainage holes are covered. This material can be a coffee filter, pieces of broken pots, or rocks.
Fill strawberry pot with soil until the first pockets are reached. Then take plants out of the pots and place in container by going through the inside of the pot to the pocket. This approach is easier then trying to go through the pocket with the root ball.
Once plants are placed in the first level of pockets fill in around root and continue up the pot until the next level is reached.
Continue the process as above until the soil reaches 4-inches from the top. Once this level is reached plant 3-4 plants in the top. Gently water in after all plants have been planted. This gentle watering will have to continue until roots take hold to prevent soil from running out of pockets.
How to Choose Plants for the Strawberry Pot
The types of plants that can be planted in a strawberry pot are unlimited. Plants that will be planted in the pocket need to have a trailing nature while those that will be planted in the top can grow any way.
Types of plants that work well in this type of container are strawberries, succulents such as hens and chickens, and herbs such as creeping thyme. But regardless of what plants are picked the light and moisture requirement needs to be the same while the plants need to also thrive in tight conditions.
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