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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 other 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 in 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 it's 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 that 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!

Copyright ©, 2000, Monica Resinger

About the Author: Monica Resinger publishes an e-mail newsletter for homemakers that poses fun questions to readers about organizing, crafting, gardening, frugal living and other homemaking subjects; readers can respond to the questions and receive the resulting, very informative 'tip sheet'. If you'd like to join the fun, send a blank e-mail to:
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