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A quick (and maybe a bit silly) question so apologies in advance!!  I want to grow my strawberries this year in hanging baskets and ordered the free ones from last month's mag.  My question is, should I have bought a special variety for hanging baskets (like you do tomatoes) or will any strawberries trail because it's their nature?

Not I huge problem if I've made a mistake as I will just put them in a planter instead but thought I'd ask.



  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Don't need a special basket for strawbs Tracy, any one will do.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    LOL Dave....not the baskets, the strawberries!! image

  • And I've grown ordinary strawbs in baskets, so ordinary strawbs in ordinary baskets looks the way to go image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    I did it with ordinary strawberries (hung the baskets off my apple tree and then walked into them every time I cut the lawn) And they seemed to do just fine - just remember to give them plenty of water! image

  • biofreakbiofreak Posts: 1,084

    Which varieties would you recommend? The one's I've seen advertised all seem a bit big and blousy and maybe 'watery' to taste being 'new'. Are any of the old favourites in hanging form available?

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Hi Bio, I'm not in a position to recommend any varieties as I don't know enough about them.  The ones I have were free from GW and are Honeyoe (earlys) and Cambridge Favourite (mid), I may also get some lates just so we can have strawberries all summer image

    Thanks for the tips everyone, I am getting baskets in the next couple of days and will get them planted image

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,456
    Having read all the above, l wonder if someone could give me some advice re:Alpine strawberries l planted in a hanging basket last year ? All the "hanging down bits" are brown, but the central crown looks green and healthy. As soon as it warms up a bit, how should l treat them ? 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    Cut all of the brown dead stuff off and you will be fine, AnniD.  The hanging down bits are runners which would have rooted if they were planted in the ground rather than in a basket.  The flower stalks will sprout from the centre of the plants.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,456
    Thanks Bob, much appreciated. Will do !  :)
  •  I would quite like to try this too - but how can you prevent birds (or mice) from getting to the strawberries as they dangle?
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