You want to enjoy hanging strawberries in the summer? You don’t even need a garden, a small balcony is enough. We tell you everything you need to know about growing and caring for the red fruit.
The name of the hanging strawberries already tells it: you can grow the fruit hanging in a plant pot. In the planters, the strawberries have limited space, but that does not bother hanging strawberries. A typical representative, for example, is the variety diamond. Its fruits taste particularly aromatic.
You can plant the hanging strawberries either as seedlings or as seeds. You can get both at any garden center or hardware store. However, you must soak the hanging strawberry seeds in water for at least three hours before planting.
How to plant hanging strawberries correctly
In order for your hanging strawberries to feel at home and sprout fruit quickly, you should consider a few tips, especially when it comes to the substrate, pot size and location:
- Pot size: Your pot should have a minimum diameter of 25 centimeters. For hanging strawberries you can also use hanging baskets. In another article you will learn how to make your own hanging baskets.
- Planting distance: In the hanging basket you should not grow more than four plants. In the window box, it is best to plant the hanging strawberries 20 centimeters apart in the soil.
- Timing: Hanging strawberries are often quite sensitive to frost, so you should always plant them out in the spring.
- Substrate: In order for your hanging strawberries to grow and taste well, you need to provide them with the right soil. It is best to use soil with a high percentage of humus. You can also buy normal plant soil and mix it with some compost. Also make sure that the soil is always slightly moist. The pH of the soil should be slightly acidic – for this it must be between 5.5 and 6.5. To measure it, you can buy a pH meter at the hardware store or on Amazon**, which you then simply insert into the soil.
- Location: It is best to plant strawberries in a place that receives full sunlight. Hanging strawberries also thrive in partial shade, but they produce less fruit here. The pot should also be well protected from wind and rain.
Tip: It helps against waterlogging if you put a small drainage layer under the substrate. It is best to use small pebbles and place them over the openings in the bottom of the pot.
Care instructions for hanging strawberries
- Water regularly: Hanging strawberries don’t like it at all when the soil around them dries out too much. Therefore, you should always make sure to keep the soil slightly moist. In hot weather, you should water the plants more often.
- Fertilize: Often your strawberries lack nutrients in the planters. It is best to use humus for fertilizing, but organic fertilizers are also good. You can fertilize your hanging strawberries shortly after you plant them and twice a month from then on.
- Climbing aids: Not all strawberry varieties will climb on their own. Therefore, you should use climbing sticks or ropes to tie the runners to them and let them grow in a certain direction.
- Harvest: As a rule, you can harvest the first hanging strawberries from June. Until October, you can ideally pick strawberries two or three times a week. After harvesting, you should only store the fruits for a short time, as they quickly become bruised. It is best to freeze them, then you can use them after thawing, for example, for strawberry jam.
- Cutting: With hanging strawberries, it is sufficient to cut off the shoots that have already borne fruit after the last harvest. Leave the very young runners and shoots. You can remove brown and dry leaves at any time.
Tip: In winter, the best way to protect hanging strawberries from the cold is to wrap thick straw mats around the planters. In another article you will find more tips on wintering strawberries.
Alternatives to hanging strawberries
Besides typical hanging strawberries, you can alternatively grow some other strawberry varieties hanging.
- Wild strawberries: Wild strawberries such as mignonette have a particularly graceful habit, making them good balcony plants for the plant pot or window box.
- Monthly strawberries: Monthly strawberries bear fruit several times a year. Especially climbing varieties like the Merosa are well suited as climbers for the balcony. They also feel at home in pots and bear fruit.