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All About Strawberry Pots
By Monica Resinger

Strawberry pots are the pots that are shaped like an urn and have `pockets' 
up and down the sides of the pot. They are made especially for growing 
strawberries and are easy and convenient. You can also grow herbs, flowers or 
plants in them. Plants that have a hanging habit put the pockets of strawberry 
pots to good use. Strawberries do have a hanging habit and don't mind being 
cramped because their roots are shallow so are an excellent choice for growing 
a strawberry pot.

If planting with other plants than strawberries, be sure to check their 
growing requirements before planting to be sure they are compatible. You'll 
need to 
group plants that require about the same amount of sun, water, type of soil 
and amount of fertilizer. 

The pots are made of different materials, some plastic, some terra cotta, and 
some ceramic. Each material has its` pros and cons. With plastic, the pot is 
lightweight and will have a chance of toppling over in the wind but it is the 
least expensive. Since terra cotta is porous, it sucks up the moisture in the 
soil and therefore has to be watered more often, but, terra cotta is 
attractive. Ceramic may be the best way to go because it is heavy, retains 
water and is 
attractive, but you'll probably be paying a little more. When you purchase 
your pot, be sure it has holes in the bottom for drainage. This will ensure 
your plants' roots won't be sitting in water and rotting.

When purchasing plants for the pot, choose one plant for each `pocket' and 
three or four for the top. When potting, use any all-purpose potting soil and, 
if you wish, mix in a slow-release fertilizer. If you don't use the 
slow-release fertilizer, keep in mind that you will need to fertilize your 
plants some 
other way after planting. Plants in pots need more feeding than ones in the 
ground because each watering leaches nutrients from the potting soil. 

Begin planting by putting the potting soil in the pot until you reach the 
first `pocket' level. At this point, plant a strawberry or other plant in that 
`pocket'. Continue all the way to about 3-4 inches from the top level and plant 
the three or four plants there and fill in with potting soil. Water well. 

If planted with strawberries, set the planted pots in full sun on your patio 
or in your yard. Check to see if the soil is dry daily by poking your finger 
in the top inch of soil. If it is dry, then it's time to water. 

Strawberry pots can be a fun way to garden. Consider planting themed gardens 
in them such as all blue flowers or Italian seasoning herbs. Just remember 
it's very important to make sure the chosen plants are compatible and will like 
growing in the cramped quarters of a strawberry pot. Have fun!

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