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Strawberries in Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets are a great way to grow strawberries. When growing strawberries in hanging baskets, there are a few things to remember.

First, choose varieties well-suited for container gardening, Ken's carries Seascape every spring. Seascape strawberries are widely known for their sweet flavor and firm texture. Whether you enjoy them alone, with whipped cream, or in strawberry shortcake, Seascape strawberries are a tasty and versatile fruit that will satisfy your sweet tooth.




Sun, Soil, and Production

Your baskets will need good drainage, great soil, and 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day for best production. 

 

Drainage is imperative to the long-term health of your strawberry plants. Soggy roots do not promote healthy plants.  High-quality potting mix will give your plants what they need to produce throughout the season. Ken’s recommends Pro-Mix BX or Pro-Mix Premium Soil.  Check with a staff member at Ken’s, they can show you potting soil that has the nutrients your strawberries require.  Ken’s can also help you decide which additional nutrients to add to your strawberry containers.


Seascape strawberries are ever-bearing, they will produce fruit all summer and into fall.  Berries are large, firm, and beautifully red. Seascape strawberries will produce runners, this is a natural way for the plant to propagate and a great way to expand the number of producing plants. Choose the healthiest runners to plant and discard those that aren’t as strong; plant and water them and enjoy the additional strawberries they produce. Keeping mature strawberries picked encourages more fruit.  Given the proper nutrients, sunlight, and care you can expect 1 pound of strawberries per plant.  Seascape strawberries are USDA zone 4-8; with a little bit of care they can be wintered over for the next season.



Basket Care

Water your hanging baskets regularly and fertilize them as needed. Fertilizing strawberries is integral to their care, will help them grow, and produce better fruit. Stop in at Ken’s for a variety of fertilizers to keep your strawberries going strong all season.  Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package to avoid over-fertilizing, this can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of fruit production. Water the plants well after fertilizing to help the nutrients reach the roots.  You can enjoy fresh, delicious strawberries all season long with some care and attention.



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