Plants for strawberry pots

Strawberry pots make wonderful container gardens. You can grow an entire crop of one plant, say strawberries, or you can plant a mini-garden. Hens and Chicks are a popular choice for strawberry pots, because they don’t require a lot of water and many can survive the winter in containers.

Strawberry pots require a planting technique all their own. You can’t just fill them with soil and stick some plants in the top. However, the planting technique is very simple, and once planted, your strawberry pot will just get better looking throughout the season.

The following step-by-step will demonstrate how to plant an herb garden strawberry pot, but the basic procedure can be used no matter what you’re planting.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Strawberry Pot
  • Potting Mix
  • Plants
  • Timed Release Fertilizer
  • Wheelbarrow (optional)
  • PVC Pipe & Hand Drill (optional)

There are many styles of strawberry pots and, thankfully, some wonderful new lightweight materials. Some traditional terra cotta pots have a lip under each potting hole, which helps greatly in keeping the soil in the pot, as the plants become established. However, the lip also makes planting more difficult. It’s a nice look, but it’s not necessary, and any strawberry pot that strikes your fancy will work just fine.

To minimize the messiness of planting, it helps to put these containers together in a wheelbarrow. Strawberry pots can be messy to fill since there are so many openings on the sides for the soil to pour out of. Working in a wheelbarrow prevents you from wasting soil. It also makes it easier to turn the pot around, and you need to do less bending.

A word about plants for a strawberry pot: start small. You are going to have to get them through those little planting holes. They can go through by the root end or the foliage end, but either way, the smaller the plant, the less damage to it.

Use a well-draining potting mix suited to your plants. A lightweight mix will make your pot easier to lift and move, and a well-drained mix will help distribute water throughout the pot.

Care for Potted Hens and Chicks Over Winter

I had a beautiful hens and chicks plant growing in a strawberry pot. I do not have a good place to store it for the winter. It is in my house right now. How can I keep it alive until next spring?

You were wise to move the plant indoors. Hens and chicks growing in the ground are usually winter hardy to zone 4b. Perennials growing in containers need extra care to get through the winter. The roots usually die after being exposed to cold winter temperatures. Standard pots can be buried in the ground for added insulation. You may have success storing planters in unheated garages for the winter. Keep them in a protected location. I like to place my containers in a box with packing peanuts or other material for added insulation. The strawberry pot makes it difficult to protect the roots without burying the plants. You can move these plants indoors, like you did, for the winter. Grow them in a sunny window in a cool location. Water thoroughly when the soil dries. Wait until March to fertilize if needed. Move the plants back outdoors after the danger of frost has passed.

Why I bring my hens and chicks succulents indoors

I love succulents! Especially hens and chicks. Sometimes I just want some indoors too! Especially when it’s fall and I know winter is coming. Let me show you a few ideas.

Succulents in a cement container

Hens and chicks look great in a cement planter. It give them more of a natural element when you bring them indoors in a cement container. I’ll have you know that this wintered outside in Wisconsin.

Honestly, all I did was add just a little fresh dirt on top. These things survived our winter. The winter with three ‘cold days’. Where school was canceled because it was -35 degrees or colder. I truly didn’t enjoy this past winter! After freshened up the soil, I brought this succulent planter indoors.

Using a small purchased glazed planter

Here is another planter that overwintered well. It did look totally dead at the beginning of spring. I wouldn’t recommend leaving small containers like this outside for the winter. But, this guy got missed when I was cleaning up my garden and was totally fine!

I’ve also included some other ideas. Bring them indoors! These plants are just soooo cute. And, you see them everywhere in plastic versions. They are tough enough to bring inside! I don’t personally keep them inside for a long time but a month or so has never been a problem for them (or me). The more light they get inside, the longer they will be fine. I have had them in a darker bathroom so I just switched them out every couple of weeks. Just plant the old ones outside and bring in some nice strong new ones.

Repurposing candle holders as succulent containers

Let me show you some other ideas. I love mercury glass and have these three small candle holders.

Look at it with succulents! You only need about an inch of dirt and water gently and infrequently.

Aren’t they cute?

How to plant a hens and chicks ‘chick’.

Succulents are so easy to replant. Just grab them and pull them out of the dirt. They usually just have a little root which connects them to the larger plant. Just gently tear it.

Once you have this little ‘chick’, you just need to put it in some dirt. And not good dirt. And please don’t water too often. Overwatering kills them and is the biggest issue to them surviving. This plant truly survives on neglect.

Making a centerpiece with wine or margarita glasses and hens and chicks succulents

Looking for a centerpiece? Just grab a few glasses and line them up on your table.

I’m practicing with a new camera lens so forgive me that all of my above succulents are not perfectly in focus. I’m not sure if I’m loving only having the middle one in focus. What do you think? Does it add or detract?

Apothecary jar as a succulent container

Sorry, I digressed. Another idea and I put this in my bathroom. I purchased a small apothecary jar with a lid. Then I put a big ‘hen’ in it. Isn’t it cute?

I love my hens and chicks! They are such tough and cute succulents. I have lots and they keep multiplying. I’ve given many away and I still have tons. So, if you live near me and want a few, just drop me a line or come on by. I’m happy to share!

Enjoy the summer. Happy planting!

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A Strawberry Planter is a great place to house plants and will look beautiful in your yard or patio. Here are several of plants you might consider growing.

Who says that you always have to grow strawberries in your strawberry jar?

While it might seem a little counter-intuitive to plant other things in your strawberry jars, they’re actually well-suited to creating herb gardens or small, but colorful floral arrangements for your patio or porch.

The “pockets” of a strawberry jar are an excellent place to corral different types of flowers, and mixing shorter plants with drooping vines or succulents can help cover the terracotta pot itself.

Strawberry jars are versatile enough to serve as herb gardens, succulent gardens, container gardens with lots of flowers, or even as a combination of the three.

Herb gardens in particular do well in strawberry planters because of the small pockets. The pockets help keep some herbs from spreading too much and taking over your herb garden.

Small annual and perennial flowers also do well in container gardens, especially if they are heat or drought resistant.

So let’s break free of only planting strawberries in a strawberry jar, and create stunning container gardens filled with flowers, shrubs, and herbs!

Let’s get started with these 18 plants that grow great in strawberry pots!

1. Basil

Basil is a great choice for planting in a strawberry jar, particularly if you’re aiming to keep a strawberry pot herb garden. Basil loves sunshine, but is frost sensitive, so having it in a pot that you can move indoors during periods of frost or cold weather is helpful. Just remember, basil needs a lot of fertilizer!

2. Cacti

Cacti come in a lot of varieties, but they are all drought resistant, so they’re great for those gardeners that have a tough time remembering to water their plants. Due to the wide variety of cacti available, they look great in strawberry plant containers. You can easily find larger or smaller varieties that will fit into the wide mouth and small pockets of the planter.

3. Hen and Chick Succulents

The characteristic rosettes of the Hen and Chick succulent fit perfectly into the strawberry jar’s pockets, and will sometimes send up beautiful red blossoms that can get as tall as 2 feet.

4. Dusty Miller

The silvery-gray foliage of the Dusty Miller plant, otherwise known as Senecio cineraria, would be a stunning addition to any strawberry planter arrangement. These plants bloom in midsummer, producing small, delicate yellow flowers, but the silver foliage lasts most of the year and is drought resistant.

5. Heliotrope

Heliotrope is sometimes called Cherry Pie, Mary Fox, or White Queen, but these small, delicate flowers have been absent from gardens for quite a few years. The small flowers have a light fragrance that many gardeners have described as vanilla or, like its namesake, cherry pie.

6. Lobelia

Lobelia is a lovely annual herb that is easy to grow and does well in cooler weather. The purple blooms erupt in summer, although the flowers last until the first frost. Traditionally, the herb was used to treat asthma or to induce vomiting. In your garden, they’ll provide a pop of color as ground cover or in a strawberry jar!

7. Mint

If you’re creating an herb garden in your strawberry jar, don’t forget to add mint! This is a versatile herb that you can use in the kitchen, in addition to being fragrant. They do well in strawberry planters because they spread easily. The pockets in a strawberry jar will keep your mint plant corralled.

8. Nasturtiums

These yellow and orange beauties are annuals that have edible leaves and flowers. They do particularly well in containers and have a soft, but pretty fragrance. They also are great plants to grow with your children, as they grow easily and very quickly.

9. Oregano

If you love Italian food, you’ll definitely want to add some oregano to your strawberry jar. It will happily spill over the edge, so it can help hide the planter a little bit. In the summer, your oregano will produce small white flowers.

10. Pansies

Pansies are a common flower that you’re sure to spot in nearly every garden, and that’s no surprise, seeing how hardy they are. These annuals appear to have small faces on them, and come in an outrageous range of colors. These small flowers are sure to spice up any container garden, strawberry jar or no strawberry jar!

11. Parsley

Parsley, like oregano, is one of those herbs you don’t want to forget about while planting an herb garden. They are great as companions to annuals and perennials, as well as other herbs. They are beautiful in contrast with brighter flowers and plants as well. You can opt for curled parsley, if you like the shape better than the flat-leafed variety.

12. Petunias

Petunias are another of those flowers almost anyone will recognize. They are easy to grow, even from seeds, and love sunshine. Use these showy, big flowers as filler anywhere you need them. They come in tons of colors and patterns, so you’re sure to find the perfect variety for your container garden or planter.

13. Rosemary

The tall, spiky rosemary plant is a staple in cooking and belongs in any herb garden, container or otherwise. This perennial evergreen shrub has a unmistakable scent. They do well in rock gardens or in dry environments. If you love to cook, use this plant for flavoring poultry, lamb, stews, and soups.

14. Sage

This low shrub tends to be wider than it is tall, and has soft, almost velvety leaves. They do well in USDA zones 5-8, and work well with other herbs, like rosemary and basil. Try combining sage with other Mediterranean herbs to create a fragrant planter that is just as useful in the kitchen!

15. Sedum

This perennial sure looks like a succulent, with thick leaves and fleshy stems, but it technically isn’t. The plants have star-shaped clusters of flowers and are very easy to care for. They love full sun, and will need to be cut back after flowering, so they will maintain their shape.

16. Snapdragons

These beautiful, tall flowers come in many colors, including pastels, as shown above. Snapdragons come in a wide range of varieties that can range from very tall to exceptionally short. Think as high as 3 feet, or as short as 6 inches. Snapdragons can handle frost, so plant in early spring.

17. Sweet Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum is a drought-resistant hardy plant that also handles the heat well. These are annuals, but they will self sow and you’ll have year after year of color, especially in milder climates, without frost. The flowers are usually white, yellow, or purple, and bloom in small clumps.

18. Thyme

Thyme is another of those lovely herbs that are a must have in any container herb garden. The woody stems offer some great contrast to softer looking flowers or plants, and they have a fantastic scent that pairs well with sage, rosemary, and other herbs.

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Growing Herbs in a Strawberry Planter

One of the best things about growing herbs is that you can plant a lot of them in a small space. An unusual yet practical way to grow herbs is in a strawberry pot. Strawberry pots are designed with pockets so that strawberries can be planted through the top and the runners they grow can fill the pockets. Believe it or not, herbs like to grow in strawberry pots as well—they love the excellent drainage provided to them in these planters. Because of the multiple pockets, standing water is not an issue.

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Begin with a strawberry pot, which can be found at almost any garden center or hardware store. The more soil a container has, the better the container can hold moisture. Growing herbs in a larger pot will result in less work on your part, plus the bigger the pot, the more herbs you can grow!

First fill the strawberry pot with soil—we used an organic potting mix since we’ll be eating these herbs. One thing to remember when caring for herb plants is to NOT overfertilize them. Fertilizers speed up the growth of plants, which can lead to a loss of essential oils that give herbs all their flavor.

When filling your strawberry pot, be sure to pack down the soil so it doesn’t spill out of the pockets. As with planting most pots, you’ll want to leave an inch or two at the top so you have plenty of room to water.

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You can grow almost any herb you want in a strawberry planter. Stay away from invasive herbs, though. This includes varieties of mint, lemon balm, and catnip. A few herbs that we chose to grow in this pot are thyme, basil, sage, and oregano.

When planting the herbs in the pot, place taller herb varieties, like basil, in the top of the pot while tucking smaller herb varieties, like thyme, in the pockets. Feel free to divide herbs so they fit more snug in the planter’s pockets: Most plants are pretty tough and can actually be pulled into multiple sections. You can also make the root balls smaller by carefully stripping them of excess soil.

As you finish planting the last pockets of your planter, see where you may need to add some soil back in. As you water, you may notice soil leaking out of the pockets so it’s a good idea to replenish the soil every few weeks.

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Place your finished planter on a deck or patio right outside your kitchen door for easy access when cooking. Since you’ll likely be constantly cutting your herbs to use in the kitchen, you shouldn’t have to worry about these plants overgrowing. Editor’s Tip: If the basil begins to bloom flowers, snip them off. The flowers signal to the rest of the basil plant that it’s time to stop growing. Place your herb planter in full sun, and water it when the soil starts to feel dry.

Don’t limit your strawberry planter to just strawberries and herbs, either! Grow your favorite flowers in a planter’s pockets as a beautiful trade-off. If you’re planting multiple varieties of flowers, just be sure that they have similar care needs.

Of all of the plant containers in my collection, one of my favorites is the strawberry jar. This unique pot is perfect for growing a lot of plants in a small area. The pot’s many cupped openings can accommodate a lot of strawberry plants as they cascade down the sides of the pot. Aside from growing strawberries, the pot seems to be more widely used to grow herbs and a plant called hens and chicks.

Strawberry pots are available in plastic, clay (terra cotta), and ceramic. Plastic pots are the least expensive. Clay pots are porous and can support a nice green mossy patina and in my mind are the most attractive. Ceramic pots are glazed and can be attractively decorated, but they generally cost the most. Whatever pot you purchase needs to have holes in the bottom for proper drainage; otherwise your plants will be drowning in stagnant water.

For best results, get a large jar. I have one that is 17 inches tall, with an 8-inch top opening and 12 cupped openings. I also have a smaller jar that is 16 inches tall with 9 cupped openings.

When well watered and located in a shady area, the clay pots will develop a nice green “patina” that puts one in mind of the mossy stones found in an old water-cooled milk house under a shade tree.

Fill the pot with a good quality potting soil. One that contains a slow-release fertilizer and a moisture control agent is a good choice. Adding some Perlite or vermiculite is a good idea to keep the soil loose and breathing (this is important for good root growth and for water and oxygen uptake).

The strawberry jar is a great container for creating an herb garden all in the same pot. Varieties that work include rosemary, thyme, parsley, basil, and oregano. If you choose to plant flowers in your pot, petunias, impatiens, and periwinkle (vinca) will cascade well from these jar planters. I use mine for succulent plants such as hens and chicks (Sempervivum), and stonecrop (Sedum).

Water thoroughly before planting. The top opening is planted like any pot. Planting the pockets will take a little practice but basically you just need to create an opening in the soil, add the plant, and pack the soil in around the roots. Water each pocket gently to avoid soil erosion and dislodged roots. I water gently from the top and from the bottom by adding water to the clay pot saucer under the jar. Turn the pot every few days to provide plants with equal exposure to the sun.

If you have never tried a strawberry jar give it a try, they are for more than just strawberries. These are relatively expensive pots, so do not let them go through hard freezes in the winter. These pots are treasures so treat them with care.

For more information on home, lawn, indoor, or outdoor garden care and tips, as well as other garden topics, visit www.ohioline.com and click on the Yard and Garden link, or call the OSU Extension, Butler County, at (513) 887-3722, or in Middletown at (513) 424-5351, ext. #3722.

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Creative Uses for Strawberry Pots

Yes, you can use strawberry pots for strawberries but they also work nicely for annual flowers, herbs, and vines.

As for any container plants, you want to be sure to provide adequate light, water, and a good quality potting mix to keep the plants happy.

The advantage to a container like this is the room to spill over, down the sides.

5-Tier Strawberry and Herb Planter

How Do You Plant a Strawberry Pot?

The trick to planting a strawberry pot is to add your plants when they are small, starting from the bottom up.

  1. Get good potting mix and fill the strawberry pot to just below the first planting holes.
  2. Water the soil deeply to make it settle in the pot. Top up as needed.
  3. Insert the root balls of your plants from outside the pot and hold them steady as you pour more potting mix inside.
  4. Repeat all the way up, leaving an inch or two at the top for watering.

How Many Plants Should I Add to Each Hole?

I do as many as I can fit snugly.

Annuals do fine with crowding if you keep them watered and they are in good potting mix.

I like a really full looking planter so that by the end of the summer, the actual pot is nearly invisible.

Growing Strawberries In Containers: How To Grow Strawberries In A Pot

With the possible exception of watermelon, strawberries pretty much epitomize lazy, warm summer days. If you love them as much as I do but space is at a premium, growing strawberries in containers couldn’t be easier.

What are the Best Pots for Growing Strawberries in Containers?

Strawberries, in general, are fairly easy to grow and there’s nothing like a fresh berry plucked off your own plant. The best pots for strawberries are those which are urn shaped, punctuated with holes down the sides in variable areas. Even though the holes make the pot look like dirt, water or even the plant may fall out of them, these pots are perfect for growing strawberries in containers.

Strawberries do particularly well in these types of pots since they are small plants with shallow root structures. Additionally, since the fruit does not touch the soil, the reduction of bacterial and fungal disease is greatly reduced. Also, the pots can be easily covered with sawdust, straw or other compost to over winter them or even easily moved into a sheltered area or garage.

Strawberry pots are made from clay pottery, ceramic pottery, plastic and sometimes even wood.

  • Plastic has the benefit of being lightweight, but their very benefit can be their Achilles heel. Plastic pots may blow over.
  • Clay pots that are not sprayed with a waterproofing agent tend to break down after a year or two and will also require more vigilant watering.
  • Ceramic pots that have been coated will indeed last, but tend to be quite heavy.

Any of these for growing strawberries in containers will work, just be mindful of their downsides. Make sure the pot will hold several plants and has adequate drainage. Strawberries also grow well in hanging baskets.

Everbearing strawberries, such as Ozark Beauty, Tillicum or Quinalult, are good choices for container gardening strawberries.

How to Grow Strawberries in a Pot

Now that we have our pot, the question is how to grow strawberries in containers. You will need one plant per side opening and three or four for the top (for ordinary containers, just three or four plants will do).

Cover the drainage holes loosely with terra cotta shards or a screen to slow drainage and fill the bottom of the pot with pre-fertilized, soilless media amended with compost or a slow release fertilizer like 10-10-10. Continue to fill in the container as you plug each hole with a berry plant, lightly patting the plant into the soil as you fill.

Strawberry plants in pots need to be kept watered. Insert a paper towel tube filled with gravel down the center of the pot and fill in around it as you plant, or use a pipe with holes randomly drilled through to aid in water retention. This will allow water to seep throughout the strawberry pot and avoid overwatering the top plants. The additional weight may also keep plastic pots from blowing over.

Finish off your strawberry container with the three to four plants. Water it thoroughly and set the pot in full sun to part shade. Strawberries do best in temps from 70-85 F. (21-29 C.), so depending upon your region, they may need more shade and/or water. A light colored pot will also aid in keeping roots cool. Too much shade can result in healthy foliage but few or sour fruit. Add sphagnum moss or newsprint around the base of the plants to keep the soil from washing out.

Strawberry pots have a bad reputation in the gardening world. They have poor water distribution and tend to dry out quickly. Sometimes they’re ugly. Or the pockets are too small. Or the pockets don’t have a lip, making holding soil in at planting time nearly impossible. The good ones are expensive to buy, if you can find one. I once spent an inordinate amount of money taxiing around the city in search of the right pot for a workshop. Three inferior pots and more money than I care to think about later and I was eventually forced to call a friend and beg to borrow hers. Is it borrowing if you never give it back? And four years have passed?

Despite their faults, I’ll be the first to stand up for strawberry pots. When they’re good, they’re really good. A good strawberry pot is an excellent way to grow food in vertical space. It’s especially useful when all you’ve got in the way of good light is a tiny patch on the balcony. Growing vertically allows you to get as much as you can out of that tiny patch. And they look pretty darn nice too. I like to fill mine with drapey plants that cascade over the sides. The trick to using them is in choosing the right kind of pot, and the right plants for that pot.

So what features qualify a strawberry pot as good?

  1. Large Pockets: Big pockets make planting the pots up a whole lot easier. Anything under 3″ is impossible to work with. How do they expect us to shove roots through a tiny hole? And why do I feel so dirty typing that? The lip also supports the roots while the plant gets itself established and provides more root space between plants. Lipped pots are also easier to water since the water has time to soak in rather than running straight out of the holes. When watering these pots I often direct the flow to the top of the pot and then to each pocket individually. That way I know that the plants aren’t sitting there in dry soil while only the top and middle of the pot gets wet.
  2. Pockets with Lips: Lipped pockets have a slightly raised side that keeps soil in while the roots grow. Eventually the roots will develop and hold everything in. My trick for pots with lips is to shove a bit of coir liner in there to stabilize the soil. I’ve also covered the hole with landscape fabric or newspaper before adding soil. Then I just cut an X and poke the roots through. It’s a bit of a juggle but it works.

The pockets on this pot do not have lips but it makes up for it in larger pockets and a larger pot size.

  1. Ceramic Pots: Ceramic pots are the best of the bunch. They’re also the most expensive, but worth it. They hold water better than terra cotta and look a whole lot classier than plastic.

My favourite strawberry pot (the infamous “borrowed pot”). Note the ceramic glaze, and large pockets with big lips that are staggered around the circumference of the pot. This version, planted up several years ago is holding the classic herbal mix with the largest plant, rosemary, in the top. Now, if only the pot were not white. I hate white!

  1. Staggered Pockets: Most pots have pockets that are staggered around the pot at different levels so that plants are equally distributed around the pot and not sharing space. But I have one pot that is shallow with pockets that are all at the same level. When I pot it up, which is basically never, the plants grow crowded and compete for space. Bad design.
  2. Big Pots: Bigger strawberry pots stay wet longer and provide more root space for plants. This is especially important if you’re trying to grow something edible. Don’t bother messing with those little pots they’ve got in the impulse buy section of the garden centre unless you plan to use them for drought tolerant succulents or some small thyme plants. That said, I have been hunting for a simple, small pot for years with no luck. But I plan to grow thyme in it.

What plants work best in strawberry pots?

Well, strawberries for one. I grow a strawberry-filled strawberry pot every year. The roots are small and fit easily into just about any sized pot. If you’re interested in trying something new, look for varieties with colourful flowers (pink is common) or variegated leaves.

Herbs are another good option. Stick to drought tolerant herbs such as thyme, oregano, or marjoram if you’re growing in a smaller pot. Big pots can support a wide assortment of herbs. I grow a different mix every year, starting with cool season plants early in the spring and then switching them out for tougher, heat-loving plants that can take a bit of neglect once the summer kicks in. One of my favourite pots stick to one type of herb with a different variety in each pocket. I grew a mint mix last year that was stunning once the plants started to trail and produce flowers. It was nice to have so many different varieties of mint on hand to pinch off for tea.

Lettuce and other assorted greens will grow well if you start your pot early in the spring while the temperatures are cool. Create visual interest by growing varieties with different shapes, colours, and textures in each pocket. The pot show at the top of this page is filled with strawberries with a dark, frilly ‘Red Oak Leaf’ lettuce in the top.

I’ve included a printable list that will help you get started in choosing the right plant for your conditions as well as herbal mixes that will grow well together.

The Famous Watering Trick, Modified

As mentioned above, strawberry pots are known for having water distribution problems. One trick many gardeners have turned to is to insert a piece of PVC pipe with tiny holes drilled throughout, down into the centre of the pot at planting time. When you pour water into the pipe, the water flows down and trickles through the holes, allowing water to reach all nooks and crannies in the pot.

It’s a good idea, but it does not come without problems:

  1. PVC pipes cost money.
  2. PVC isn’t a particularly safe plastic to have around food.

To avoid these problems, I’ve been utilizing my own modified version that has served me well for several years:

  1. Scour recycling bins for plastic water bottles that are long, tall, and thin. Look for a bottle that is nearly as tall as your pot.
  2. Using the tiniest drill bit you can find, make lots of holes all around the bottle.
  3. At planting time, bury the bottle in the centre of the pot, with the top just sticking up above the soil line. Try to hide it behind some foliage.
  4. When watering, direct the flow into the bottle and fill. Now, cap it off. Capping the bottle seems to restrict the flow, giving the entire pot the chance to soak up the water, instead of sending it straight down to the bottom of the pot.

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This DIY Succulent Strawberry Planter is a great way to display a variety of succulents in one planter so that each plant has its own special space.

If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my guide for buying succulents. It tells what to look for, what to avoid and where to find succulent plants for sale.

And for succulent plant care tips, have a look at this guide for how to care for succulents. It is loaded with information about these drought smart plants.

I love strawberry planters. The pockets on the side are perfect for plants that send out offshoots. Each little “baby” can fit into the protruding pockets to make their own little home. They are perfect for strawberry plants (of course!), spider plants and other plants like strawberry begonias. Today I am converting mine into a succulent strawberry planter.

Make your own Succulent Strawberry Planter.

But for this project, I am going to use my new strawberry planter for my succulents. They are all quite small, so each of them will fit into the little pockets and make a charming planter. Most of them don’t cascade but I don’t mind that. (although I am looking for both a donkey’s tail and a string of pearls when I can find them at the right price. The last one I found at the Farmer’s market were $20 for a TINY plant. Not for me!)

Isn’t it lovely? Here is now I went about putting it together. (some of the links in this article are affiliate links)

You will need the following supplies.

  • A large strawberry planter (Mine is about 20 inches tall and 9 inches wide.)
  • small succulents plants
  • cactus potting mix
  • packing peanuts
  • rocks

I assembled my plants. I chose crassula, several sempervivum (hens and chicks), a fishhook Senecio succulent, a Stenocereus Hollianus Cristadacactus cactus and Purslane Summer Joy yellow (it does cascade), as well as a thin leaved jade plant for a bit of height. The plants came from a few new purchases as well as an old planter that had seen its better days.

Miracle Grow Cactus, Palm and Citrus Potting mix is my soil choice. It drains well and is a perfect choice for succulents that don’t like wet feet. If you can’t find it locally, it’s available from our Amazon.com.

The first thing I did was to put rocks in the bottom of my planter. There was a drainage hole there but with succulents, I wanted to make sure that the soil drains really well.

Next step was something that I do in all of my heavy pots. I added several inches of packing peanuts. The peanuts mean that you have less soil (which saves money) and also means that the planter will be lighter to move around – a real plus with heavy planters.

The first pocket has some hens and chicks (sempervivum) as well as a piece of a fish hooks senecio. The latter will trail down a little over the side.

This Kalanchoe Tomentosa is also known as pussy ears or panda plant. I love the fuzzy outside of the leaves. It is easy to see where it got its common name!

This sempervivum, hens and chicks, has some babies that are now growing over the side of the pocket. Sempervivum is also somewhat cold hardy too.

This pocket holds a Haworthia cuspidata. I love the rosette shape of the plant!

This little cactus is just covered with spikes but loves his new home. The name of this cactus is Stenocereus Hollianus Cristada. He is supposed to be green, and I don’t know if he’ll revert back to his original color or not but I like the brownish color against my planter color anyway.

These baby sempervivum, hens and chicks got very spindly in the last planter but look great over the edge of the pocket of this one. Purslane, Summer Joy Yellow, Crassula and a thin leaved jade plant are perfect for the top. They give both a cascading effect and the height that the planter needs.

This is the finished planter. It has both side interest, trailing interest and height on the top. I love the way it all came together.

I have it sitting in a grouping of other succulents in a perfect spot on our deck. These planters sit right underneath my white birdcage planter that has both upright and trailing vinca in it. When I water the birdcage planter, the residue drips down to the planters below giving them just enough moisture, so I never even have to water them! And now, if I can just find some strings of pearls succulents and burros tail succulents, I’ll be a happy girl. They will get added later to accent two of the pockets.

For more Cacti and Succulent planting Ideas, see my Succulent board on Pinterest and check out these posts:

  • Bird Cage Succulent Planter
  • Raised Garden Bed made from Cement Blocks
  • 25 Creative Succulent Planters
  • Coffee Pot Succulent Terrarium

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5 Tips for Succulent Planters

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Succulent planters come in so many shapes and sizes that it can be difficult to find the right one for your succulents. Did you know that choosing the wrong pot could leave your plants waterlogged or can actually hinder their growth? These 5 tips will help you choose succulent pots that will help keep your fat plants healthy and let them thrive!

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1. Drainage is important!

The best planters for any type of plant is one with drainage so any excess water can drain out from your soil. When your soil is too wet for too long, two bad things can happen: your plant’s roots can rot and mold can grow. Making sure to have a pot with drainage will help keep those two things from happening!

Already have a pot but it doesn’t have a hole for draining? You can often drill holes into plastic, terracotta, or concrete planters as long as you have the correct supplies and use the proper techniques. With succulents, you want as much drainage as possible—drilling several holes will allow the water to escape faster than if you drilled one hole.

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Sometimes planters can have large holes. You put soil in and it falls right out through the drainage hole! If this happens, you can use a piece of mesh screen or even a coffee filter to help keep the soil inside the planter.

2. Get the Right Size

Just like how you wouldn’t put a single shot of espresso into a tall mug, you wouldn’t put a tiny plant into a huge pot! When looking at pots, be sure to get a pot that is tall enough to hold your plant’s root ball and also gives some (not too much) room for the plant to grow. A happy plant will grow strong roots and will maybe even give you babies!

Don’t get a pot that is too big for your plant; if you do, you can actually stunt its growth! You can however put several small plants into a large pot to make an arrangement. This is a fun project, but can sometimes become tricky when the different plants have varying sun and water requirements.

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3. Get the Right Material

For succulents, some materials actually are better than others. For example, planters made of unglazed clay or terracotta are porous and can absorb water from wet soil. This may be great for the gardener that overwaters their succulent, as the terracotta can help to dry the soil out faster. However, there are a few downsides to terracotta. First, they are heavy and can be difficult to move around. Second, they can crack during the winter if you live in a place with freezing temperatures. Third, they can dry out your plant’s soil too fast if they’re in a hot and sunny spot.

Another material you can use for succulent pots is plastic. They are lightweight, very easy to care for, and come in a variety of colors. There are even 3D printed pots made of biodegradable plastic in animal shapes! Plastic is not porous like clay, so any water that doesn’t escape through drainage will stay in the pot until the plant soaks it up or it evaporates.

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Some of the succulent trends these days involve using glass terrariums. They’re beautiful, but not entirely practical as succulent planters. Glass bowls and terrariums are ideal for high humidity plants (like air plants and ferns), and not really for desert plants. That’s not to say that you can’t successfully grow succulents in a terrarium!

Wood planters are another trendy item that has gained popularity on Pinterest, Instagram, and DIY websites. Wood is okay for planting as long as it doesn’t absorb water—if it absorbs water, it can decay or grow mold. If going with wood, get a planter that’s been sealed, or seal it yourself (and of course, be sure there’s drainage!).

There are many more material types: concrete, resin, ceramic, metal… Just keep in mind that glazed/sealed pots will not have the water-absorbing and aerating properties as terracotta and unsealed concrete, and they’re less likely to have problems in winter if left outside.

4. Location, Location, Location

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I’ve talked about drainage, size, and the material of succulent pots, but there’s another factor to consider when thinking about what planter to buy…and that’s location! And what I mean when I say location is:

  • What are the conditions of where you’ll have the planter?
  • Are there animals or children who will disturb or knock it over?
  • Do you need something that will fit on a windowsill, a table/counter, or do you need to use a hanging planter to keep plants out of harm’s way?

By deciding where your succulent planter will go, you’re actually deciding what material type and pot size you should be using.

5. Purposeful Planters

Some planters with specific purposes are perfect for succulents. Bonsai pots and strawberry pots are well-draining pots with the right size and spacing for fat plants. Bonus: they look great with succulent arrangements!

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You can also repurpose everyday things into succulent containers! There are interesting objects at thrift stores, garage sales, and antique stores that can become beautiful vessels for succulents; so keep an eye out and keep your mind open to the possibilities.

This is a guest post by our friends over at ! They have some adorable, 3D printed planters – check them out!

Mercy is a dedicated plant mom who loves container gardening. She owns and operates with her husband, where they design and manufacture 3D printed pots for succulents, cacti, and air plants.

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