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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
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
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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