Do Strawberries Produce Well in Hanging Baskets?

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Do Strawberries Produce Well in Hanging Baskets?
Strawberries hanging without touching soil aren't easily overcome by disease. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Strawberries grow well in most any container, thanks to their shallow root system. The success of strawberry production in hanging baskets relies more on plant choice, care and attention than on the container itself.

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Placement

Strawberries grown in hanging baskets should be located in a sheltered area with plenty of sunlight. Strawberry plants don't produce well when frequent winds toss a hanging basket around and dry out the plants, nor when they're shaded under an eave all day. Hang the plants where you will remember to water them often, since plants in hanging baskets dry out quickly.

Type

June-bearing strawberries do better when given plenty of room to sprawl out and produce as much as possible during their single fruiting time. Ever-bearing strawberries produce better in hanging baskets, especially if they're grown indoors. They will flower and fruit so long as there is ample sun and warm temperatures, allowing you to pluck strawberries from the basket almost year-round.

Considerations

Strawberries grown in the ground often produce better than those grown in hanging baskets given equal care standards. There is more root room and better protection from temperature and moisture extremes in the ground than in the small soil pocket of a hanging basket. However, strawberries in hanging baskets are exposed to fewer soil-borne pests and crawling insect pests.

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