I have fond memories of picking strawberries as a kid and eating them freshly plucked. Nothing was more delectable than freshly plucked strawberries straight off the plant.
In today’s episode we will look at an easy solution to grow strawberries in grow bags pictured below.
This grow bag is made of plastic, not extremely well built but it’s very light and has multiple pockets/sleeves to grow strawberries in.
You can use any kind of potting mix; here we are using a pre made potting mix. But an ideal potting mix will be a combination of peat moss or coco coir, with some perlite or vermiculite and worm castings or compost. This is the standard potting mix that we have been using now for many years, it’s not only very cost effective but also provides good drainage and serves as an ideal growing medium for growing plants in containers.
Fill the grow bag with potting mix all the way to the top, you can add a slow release/organic fertilizer now if you’d like. Here we are separating some plants from the 5-gallon pot that we were growing strawberries in and planting them in the pockets of the grow bag, one in each pocket.
Although you can use any variety of strawberry, some of my favorites are the Chandler, Quinault, and the Ozark beauty. Gently shove the roots into the soil making sure the roots are covered by soil. Add more soil if needed and compact the soil around the roots so when you are ready to water the plants there is not a lot of run off. It’s very important to water your plants after potting. Make sure you water each pocket well and also water from the top, the grow bag has pre-made drainage holes in the bottom and the water will drain well if you use a good potting mix.
Once the plants are established in a couple of weeks you can add some form of liquid fertilizer. Few months since planting you will see the leaves have grown bigger and your strawberries start to emerge hanging on the sides and not touching the ground. This makes it very resistant to insects, slugs, and snails. They grow very well in the spring and fall season so you can start your plants sometime around November.
I have tried growing strawberries in raised beds, closed containers, hanging baskets, but so far this has been the best way to grow beautiful looking strawberries in. Growing strawberries vertically means that you save on space while growing a whole lot of the fruit while keeping the strawberry growing area nice and clean. This grow bag takes up less space and is a good option for growers who are short on growing space. Alternatively, if you are worried about birds pecking at your strawberries, you can use protective bird netting around your plants when the strawberries start to emerge.
Here is a video guide on Growing LOTS of Strawberries in Strawberry Grow Bags from California gardening.