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strawberries baskets first season

pokhimpokhim Posts: 210

Hi There,

I want to plant up some strawberries in a hanging basket or 2. But i am somewhat confused between runners and plant pots.. 

What i really want is for the plant to produce lots of fruit this year. What is it that i need?.. Where should i be buying it from as i've been looking everywhere...



  • I am in the process of planting my strawberry baskets up, don't worry about runners or pots yet, that will come later in the year. There's plenty of plants for sale on eBay, where I get mine, my own preference is "Cambridge favourite " but there are other varieties, early Croppers, mid season croppers, late croppers. Order them now, pop them into your baskets with some multi purpose compost, and keep them well watered, I start giving them a little feed when the flowers form.

    i would guess 10 plants would be enough for two baskets, cost around £5, and will last a good few years. I put my baskets in a sunny spot, but those plants at the back (in the shade, so to speak) do equally as well, so I never bother turning the baskets, the main thing is keep them well watered and some feed hen the flowers appear.

    whatever variety you choose, I promise you, you will never buy supermarket strawberries again ?

  • pokhimpokhim Posts: 210

    thanks v.much brickman. I've been looking on ebay and there are 2 types of plants - the most popular on sale are bare root plants and the less popular are the plugs.... 

    Is there one I should be getting or does it not matter?


  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546

    Aldi have some in now if thats any help .

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    could I just jump in and ask best spacing as I'm halfway through potting mine up some in pot ssome in baskets

  • pokhimpokhim Posts: 210


    Just wanted to know if I should be buying the  bare root plants and or the plugs from ebay... I want them to fruit this year.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,754

    I would get the plants.

    Plugs sound too small to fruit this year.  You're supposed to prevent first year plants from fruiting by removing the flowers. 

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

  • Yes, get the bare root plants, to be honest, I've never bothered with the stopping them fruiting for the first year thing (ignorance is bliss) and always had lots of fruit from the first year onwards. As for spacing, I put about 5 plants in a 12 inch basket, but in previous years I've stuffed 8 or 9 plants in, but a couple of inches between plants seems ideal.

  • amberspyamberspy Posts: 382

    How much fruit would I expect from hanging basket ? Would love to have a go at this and my wee girl would love it ?

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