Gardeners and edible enthusiasts alike are always looking for new challenges to take on in terms of growing their own foods. A popular and delicious fruit is strawberry! This post will go over how to grow strawberries, as well as how to grow them in pots, containers, and indoors. We'll discuss the benefits of strawberry consumption, nutrition facts about this succulent fruit, and what type of soil you should use if you're looking to plant these plants in your container garden!
I always think of strawberries as the perfect balance between sweet and tart. They are just so delicious! I’ve got a great idea to grow some in your backyard this year- you don’t have to give up any space! You can do it right on your deck, or even inside if you have a sunny window. Let me show you how easy it will be!
How to Choose the Pot Needed for Strawberries
A strawberry plant needs to be in an area that has well-draining soil. As strawberries grow, they can reach up to one foot tall! You'll need a space for this size bush if you want it to thrive. If the container or pot is too small, then your strawberry roots will not have enough room as they try to stretch out. A good rule of thumb is looking at containers about 12 inches deep which should do the trick.
The best material for a pot is ceramic, plastic or terra cotta.
A strawberry plant needs full sunlight in order to grow and thrive. Six hours of sunlight is full sun, so your berries will need at least six hours of sunlight per day. They so well with six hours. However, 10 hours is optimal for the plant to grow properly!
Planting the strawberries is easy, but hottest days can dry out plants and cause them to wilt. Make sure they get enough water on hot days or during dry spells is important for keeping their productivity up! They should be watered at least two times a week but will also depend on your climate too.
Type of Soil Needed
If you're growing your own strawberry plants indoors or in pots, be sure to provide the right soil! Loamy well-draining dirt mixed with organic matter will ensure that they have what it takes for a healthy life. To further help them live an even healthier and happier existence we recommend adding some compost. This mix of loam and manure should make their roots happy while also providing nutrients necessary for growth - making your strawberries grow big so fast is no problem at all!
I prefer to make a soil mix myself, but you may also choose a good potting soil. I like Happy Frog Potting Soil. It's essential to make sure you use a potting mix if you buy soil. Buying potting soil will get expensive. Well-draining soil is vital for growing in pots. Strawberries need well-draining loamy soil rich in organic matter.
A good soil mixture is one part compost, one part coco coir, and one part perlite. I add one tablespoon of greensand, one tablespoon of bone meal, one tablespoon of blood meal, and half a tablespoon of azomite to the mix. This is what I use for a one-gallon container.
How to Plant Strawberry Plants
How to Plant bare-root strawberries - Just like other plants, you will need to dig a hole in the pot about twice as wide as the roots of your strawberry plant. Don't plant the root too deeply so that the crown will be covered with soil or it may develop crown rot. The crown of the strawberry plant is the little bump on the top of the roots.
Strawberry Growing Tips
here are some tips on growing strawberries in containers:
- choose a sunny location with at least six hours of sunlight each day
- use an organic potting mix that has been amended with compost and other nutrients to create the perfect soil for strawberries in pots or containers. Fill your container around three inches deep, then plant your strawberry plants so they are spread out. Adding some mulch on top of the planting mix before you place your plants will help retain water. Keep them well watered by giving them water regularly through drip irrigation lines or watering cans.
- make sure to give these plants plenty of feedings over time as well
How to Eat Strawberries
Pop-fresh strawberries in your mouth or even throw them into your salad, there are so many ways to incorporate them into your diet.
- One of the best ways to eat these sweet fruits is by making strawberry smoothies! Blend up fruit, yogurt, and ice for an energizing breakfast that tastes delicious. You can also add other berries or frozen bananas for extra flavor. Strawberries are one of the easiest fruits to work with because they're large enough in size where you don't have to cut them open before adding them into your blender. They're perfect as a dessert too - blend some fresh strawberries along with the cocoa powder and dark chocolate syrup to make healthy popsicles that satisfy both your taste buds and nutritional needs!
Another great way to eat strawberries is by adding them to your cereal or oatmeal. You can also make a delicious strawberry cream sauce for pancakes, waffles, and french toast with the help of some sugar and milk!
One way you may not have thought about is how they would taste with cheese. They go amazingly well in macaroni salad served alongside ham sandwiches or chicken salads too!
Health Benefits of Strawberries
- Strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C (more than oranges) as well as Potassium which will keep electrolytes at healthy levels. The berries contain high amounts of fiber that helps regulate bowel movements providing relief from constipation issues, diarrhea, and other digestive problems like heartburn and acid reflux. And strawberries provide antioxidant protection against cell damage caused by free radicals.
- Strawberries are also a great source of vitamin K, which helps maintain strong bones and healthy teeth by helping the body absorb calcium effectively. The potassium in strawberries combats high blood pressure and reduces the risk for stroke as it is involved in heart muscle contraction. Magnesium found in them regulates insulin levels to control diabetes while folic acid prevents birth defects such as cleft palate or spinal cord problems that can affect newborns. Also, this fruit contains Niacin (B) that improves metabolism to reduce weight gain due to overeating with more energy provided from carbohydrates leading to better moods and improved quality of life through higher concentration skills among other things.
- In addition, they contain dietary fiber like cellulose and substances such as calcium, phosphorus, iron.
- Strawberries are a naturally low-calorie fruit that offers vitamin C to the body which can help with your immune system while also working to maintain healthy skin cells.
- They contain high levels of manganese and copper which boosts energy levels by preventing tiredness or fatigue from affecting you during physical activity.
Strawberries are a delicious, nutritious way to start your day or end it. If you need help growing strawberries in your garden this season, let us know! We can answer any questions that might come up as well as provide helpful tips and tricks for making sure they flourish under the right conditions. What's your favorite way to eat them? Do you prefer fresh berries with cream cheese on top of toast? Or would you rather go savory by incorporating strawberry slices into an omelet? Let us know what we should try next time.
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