I hope you will all agree with me when I say

 Growing strawberries is an art itself. 

Growing these red, ripe, juicy fruits right out in the garden is an exciting hobby for many people in the world. Even the book “the little mouse and the red ripe strawberry” always made us go out and look for the best of the best reddest strawberries we could find.

But, can you plant strawberries in a pot? Yes, you definitely can. Make sure to have a thorough reading of this article. We have also included a short and simple guide for “how to grow strawberries at home and using raised beds as compared to pots” along with a concise and clear conclusion given in the end. Strawberries usually can grow in any kind of soil however with a deep research we have compiled the best ones for your yield.

With that being said, lets jump into the best soil for strawberries to be grown in pots and in raised beds as well.

Best Soils For Strawberries In Raised Beds 2021:

Succulent SoilRating
Espoma AP4 4-Quart Organic Potting Mix 9.6/10 (Editor's Choice)
Miracle-Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix, 8-Quart9/10
FoxFarm FX14240 FX14054 Happy Frog Potting Soil, 12 Quart9/10
Burpee Organic Premium Potting Mix, 8 quart
8.8/10
Miracle-Gro Garden Soil All Purpose for In-Ground Use 8.5/10
Espoma Company (VFGS1) Organic Vegetable and Flower Soil8.4/10

1. Espoma AP4 4-Quart Organic Potting Mix

Why we love it?

  • All natural potting mix enhanced with myco-tone.
  • Promotes roots growth
  • Hold moisture well.

 

 

 

 

ProsCons
✅ Non fertilized soil, add your own nutrients to your own suiting.
❌Bad odor
✅ Clean with no bugs.❌ Prone to fungus growth
✅ Suitable for both indoor and outdoor

 

2. Miracle-Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix, 8-Quart

Why we love it?

  • Light weight
  • Formulated for fast root development

 

 

 

 

ProsCons
✅ Enriched with micromax nutrients❌Algae may start growing in it
✅ Works well with late seedings❌ Needs time to be cleaned before using.
✅ Excellent for germinating.

 

3. FoxFarm FX14240 FX14054 Happy Frog Potting Soil, 12 Quart

Why we love it?

  • Perfect soil for growing strawberries in containers.
  • Adjusted pH for optimal growth.

 

 

 

 

ProsCons
✅ Alive with beneficial soil microbes and mycorrhizal fungi
❌Attracts fruit flies
✅ Ready to use right out of the pack.❌ Relatively expensive.

4. Burpee Organic Premium Potting Mix, 8 quart

Why we love it?

  • enriched with burpee plant food
  • formulated with coconut coir

 

 

 

 

ProsCons
✅ Perfect for raised beds.
❌Not suitable for indoor gardening
✅ Keeps water content maintained.❌ Requires protection against bugs and gnats.

 

5. Miracle-Gro Garden Soil All Purpose for In-Ground Use

Why we love it?

  • Improves existing soil
  • Dark, deep rich looking soil. (Fancy)
  • Great value for money

 

 

 

 

ProsCons
✅Feeds upto 3 months.
❌Smells very bad
✅ Perfect for perennials❌ Contains a lot of mulch

6. Espoma Company (VFGS1) Organic

Why we love it?

  • Natural and organic
  • Enhanced with myco tone
  • Promotes a healthy strawberry growth

 

 

 

 

ProsCons
✅ A proper loamy soil.
❌Can attract gnats
✅ Contains peat humus, peat moss and earthworm casting❌ Needs time to be cleaned before using.

Conclusion:

This list we have researched and compiled should help you a lot in your exciting endeavor of growing strawberries at home. These soils have been found extremely well by critics and customers to be the best soil for raised beds and containers. In the end, everything boils down to the care and conditions you provide to the plant. Making sure the pH levels are well within the range.

The plant receives sunlight. Bugs, weed, and other insects don’t harm the harvest because as delicious and beautiful a red ripe strawberry is, it’s extremely delicate as well when it is being grown. If you think you have enough DIY skills and bucks to spare for your hobby, we suggest making a raised bed would be the best option. Good luck!

How To Grow Strawberries At home

If you’re new to this art, here is a short guide to get you started on how strawberries grow at home. First of all you have to choose between the types of strawberries you want to grow. There are three types available in the market:

  • June-bearing varieties: this kind of strawberry plant bears all the fruit usually over a course of 3 weeks.
  • Ever-bearing varieties: this plant bears buds in the summer and autumn season. Consequently, the strawberry in summer buds gives fruits in the autumn and the autumn ones in the coming spring.
  • Day-neutral varieties: this kind bears fruit continuously through the season until the first frost.

Ideally, you should start planting as soon as the ground can be worked and prepared in the spring. Make sure the place where you plant the seeds receive plenty of sunlight. Strawberries require 6-10 hours of light. Usually, any kind of soil can be used but what kind of soil do strawberries need ideally? A loamy soil prepared with aged compost and manure a few months before the plantation with a pH level between 5.5-6.5. The planting area must be well-drained. Ideally, a raised strawberry bed bears the best fruit. Beware of sites where eggplant, tomatoes, or peppers have previously been grown. Try your best to avoid them for a healthy yield. Be sure to provide adequate space for growth. Strawberries are sprawling plants.

Usually, strawberries require a soil that is high in organic matter. With the addition of compost, peat and leaf mold into the mix, you can expect a merry berry! Lol. These kinds of nutrients make your plant happy and healthy. You can also add some blood meal and bone meal into your mix before you actually plant. Where do you think the red color actually comes from? Heh just kidding. But it’s still a good strawberry planter idea.

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Additional Information

Not long ago it was unthought-of growing strawberries at home or growing strawberries in pots. Now, we can find many kitchen gardens with mouth-watering berries growing right there in small pots, containers and raised beds. The secret to a great strawberry harvest, whether on a commercial scale or a kitchen garden, lies at the best time to plant strawberries, the plant care and the best soil for strawberries.

Using Raised Beds As Compared To Pots

To grow strawberries from seeds, it is usually a good idea to use a raised bed. With many advantages and only a few disadvantages, raised beds are becoming extremely popular among strawberry planters. Apart from the higher initial costs, I don’t think there are such issues with them.

Raised beds also enable the gardener to put in the best soil for raised beds along with the ability to tailor according to the need. Strawberries require acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. Soils out there in the market usually don’t mention any specific acidity level but with a few supplements, a gardener can easily create the conditions.

Regardless of the soil, raised beds are also more preferred over containers since they can easily take advantage of the good drainage and fluffy soil. Also because of the height, grass cannot sneak into the planting area minimizing the weed.

However, if you are still inclined towards growing in pots, Here is an article for the 6 best pots for fruit trees.

 Growing this is an art and requires time, patience and efforts. Don’t worry if your first yield isn’t the best. You’ll learn and grow, just like your berries. Just make sure to provide the best strawberry plant care.  Hopefully, this guide was fruitful for you.  [simple-author-box]

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