Here is how to build a DIY strawberry tower. Most people use 5-gallon buckets but I used 5-gallon pots instead. I have 20 sites for my Albion strawberries. Building a vertical strawberry garden is a real space saver.
How To Build A DIY Strawberry Tower Video
To make a vertical strawberry tower you will need two 5-gallon buckets or three 5-gallon pots. You will also need a hole saw to cut the holes.
I used a 1 3/4 inch hole saw but some people use a 2-inch or larger hole saw. I don’t think the hole needs to be any larger than 2 inches.
Most people use 5-gallon buckets but I didn’t have any spare buckets. So instead of buying more, I decided to use some 5-gallon pots that I am not using for anything.
The hardest part is cutting the buckets or pots. In order for them to fit together. One must be cut shorter than the other. If it isn’t they won’t fit together correctly.
I eyeballed mine and cut the bottoms off the pots. Then I trimmed one pot down so it would just fit inside the other. I trimmed off about 6 inches from one pot.
I used 4 self-tapping screws to secure them together so they would not come apart. I wanted my vertical planter to be taller so I added a third pot.
I did not cut this pot at all and it still has its bottom intact to act as a base for the planter. What I did was place it rim to rim with the other planters.
Then I secured them together with self-tapping screws. The planter was 24 inches tall after this and probably very close to the height 2 buckets would make.
I laid out a grid on the pots with a marker and tried to place the holes 8 inches apart. I staggered the rows. I was able to get 5 holes in each row and there were 4 rows for 20 planting sites.
I only cut one row in the base because I felt additional plants would be too close to the ground. I also wanted to leave space in case I wanted to bottom water my strawberry tower.
Choosing Strawberry Plants For Your Tower
Since I am growing strawberries indoors there are really no growing seasons. So I want to grow a day-neutral strawberry variety than will fruit continuously.
If you are growing indoors you should get a day-neutral variety for extended harvests. Outdoors you can choose a June bearing or an everbearing variety.
I decided to go with Albion strawberry plants for my vertical garden. Previously I grew Totem strawberries but I found their really long runners to be problematic.
This is a popular day-neutral strawberry variety.
The Albion strawberry is a relatively new hybrid plant that checks several important boxes for gardeners. Heat tolerant and everbearing, with large, uniform, and very sweet berries, these plants are a good choice for gardeners with hot summers looking to extend their crop. Keep reading to learn more about Albion strawberry care and how to grow Albion berries in the garden.
Planting In My Vertical Strawberry Tower
I will be filling my tower with coco coir. This is my preferred growing medium to use indoors. I get much better results with it over potting soil.
Coco coir is actually a hydroponic medium and this article talks about how to grow strawberries indoors. hydroponically indoors.
It also weighs half as much and is reusable. It is environmentally friendly because it is made from a renewable resource.
As it is being filled I will place my strawberry plants into the holes and cover the roots as I move up from the bottom to the top. I will place a couple of plants in the open top too.
I wanted to get my vertical strawberry planter built before I received my plants. They should be here in about a week and then I will make a video of planting them.
So I will be updating this shortly and if you are interested you can bookmark this post so you don’t miss it.