Strawberries that grow from the sky

Garden Life
Strawberries do not only grow in beds but also in flower pots or hanging baskets. Find out which varieties are ideal for this way of cultivation. Everyone knows strawberries in beds. A particular garden pleasure, however, are strawberries which “grow from the sky” – in balcony boxes, hanging pots and hanging baskets. However, not all varieties of strawberry are suitable for this.

For balcony boxes, it is best to use the ‘Hummi-Meraldo’ variety, for example. On the one hand, it is particularly resistant to heat and on the other has short-stemmed foliage. It therefore remains relatively compact.

For balcony boxes and hanging pots, the ornamental ‘Toscana’ strawberry is particularly suitable. With its numerous long, shoots and many offshoots, it has hanging growth. In addition, it flowers pink instead of white, which further increases its decorative value. Although it is classified as an ornamental strawberry, numerous fruits successively ripen on it over the summer. The expected harvest is about one kilogramme of delicious fruit per plant.

The ‘Hummi’ climbing strawberry is recommended for hanging pots and hanging baskets. It grows strongly and has thicker than average stalks on its offshoots. This makes it preferable to all other strawberry varieties which are available as so-called climbing strawberries. These normally have thinner stalks. The thicker the stalk, the better the supply of water and nutrients of the tendrils, their flowers and fruits is – and the greater the harvest enjoyment in terms of the quantity and quality of the fruits.
The ‘Hummi’ variety described here as a hanging plant can also be thought of “backwards”, namely as a climbing strawberry. The ‘Hummi’ climbing strawberry grows very well and, when ideally supplied with water and nutrients, can grow to a height of up to two metres when tied to a climbing aid.

Tip: With strawberry plants in planters, make especially sure that the plant earth does not dry out but always remains evenly moist, as otherwise the plants react by interrupting growth. Therefore, especially after planting and up to the time when the strawberry plants begin to grow, constantly ensure slight soil moisture; in spring also from flushing to fructification; never wet the leaves, fruits and “heart” when watering, in order to prevent fungal infections and rotting.