Strawberry jars are pretty on doorsteps, porches, and patios. They can be planted with herbs, succulents, flowers, and, of course, strawberries. They may be placed close to the kitchen for convenience of harvesting or by a garden path where brushing past the plants releases their scents.
Small cascading varieties may be used for the openings around the jar, and anything you like can be planted on top. During the winter, the jar may be moved inside.
Other choices include hens and chicks, popular because they root quickly and don’t need much soil. Sedum, ivy, petunias, impatiens, and geraniums are also good choices. Use your imagination and enjoy your portable garden.
Here are instructions for working with strawberry jars:
- Previously used jars should be washed thoroughly with chlorine water to kill any lingering diseases before they are replanted.
- Use PVC pipe at least 2″ in diameter, and cut it about one inch shorter than the jar. Drill small holes every two or three inches along the length and circumference of the pipe before placing it in the center of the jar. Fill the pipe with small gravel.
- Use potting soil or your own soil mixed with sand and peat moss. If you are planting lavender or something similar in your soil mixture, add a bit of lime. Put soil into the jar around the outside of the pipe up to the first jar opening, then insert the first plant and gently tamp down the soil to secure it.
- Repeat the process of filling with soil to each opening and then planting until you reach the top of the jar. Use three plants on top; and as they fill in, they will hide the pipe. Water the plants by filling the pipe.
Rene Mitchell, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M Cooperative Extension