Four Uses for a Strawberry Jar

old clay strawberry pot with strawberries

Pocket planters are typically round growing containers with multiple "pocket" openings around the outside that offer many planting possibilities.

Though pocket planters can get a little crowded because there are so many places for plants, using a plant-appropriate potting mix and a rich soil amendment, such as earthworm castings, will help plants thrive in these unique containers. Terra cotta pocket planters, which are porous, will also help you grow healthier plants, as they allow roots to breathe and help balance pH levels.

Though the possibilities for growing in these containers are many, here are a few plant suggestions for getting the most out of a pocket planter.

Low-Growing Fruit

As pocket planters are also known as strawberry pots or strawberry jars, the practicality of using them for growing strawberries is obvious. Multiple plants can be grown in the top opening, and single plants in each pocket. As strawberries typically drape off of the plant, pocket planters are perfect for assuring the fruits avoid contact with the soil and aren't as vulnerable to rot caused by fungal or bacterial pathogens.

Other low-growing fruits great for pocket planters include nagoonberries (Rubus arcticus), cloudberries (Rubus chamaemorus) and creeping raspberries (Rubus hayata-koidzumii). All are attractive, exotic and tasty relatives of raspberries and blackberries with a spreading habit.

old clay strawberry pot with multiple plants

Strawberries love a strawberry jar.

Multi-Species Herb Assemblages

Pocket planters are perfect container for growing various culinary herbs. Smaller pocket planters fit on most kitchen windowsills. The different levels of pockets can be optimized to provide the best growing conditions for each herb species. For example, put moisture-lovers like dill in lower pockets where water collects, and put drier soil-lovers, such as rosemary in the top opening or in upper pockets.

You can also put plants that require different watering regimens in separate planters. Use a "dry" pocket planter to grow rosemary, lavender, thyme, sage and tarragon, and a "wet" pocket planter for basil, coriander, parsley, dill and chervil.

fresh green herbs in basket

Put all your herbs in one basket.

Well-Drained Cacti and Succulent Displays

For gardeners who prefer low-maintenance plants, growing cacti and succulents in a pocket planter allows for a plant-and-forget piece of décor — indoors or out. Best planted in breathable terra cotta containers with well-draining soil mix, succulents like hens and chicks or sedum species such as mossy stonecrop can be paired with each other or planted in pockets surrounding a towering center planting of cacti. No matter how you design the plantings, the result is easy to care for.

Succulent Sempervivum Hens and Chicks Plant in Pocket Planter Crock

Hens and chicks (Sempervivium) peek out of a pocket. 

Seasonal Arrangements

Whether it's daffodils and hyacinths peeking between Easter eggs in spring, petunias and bacopa trailing around gnomes in summer, chrysanthemums and pansies cradling gourds in autumn, or poinsettias and ivy paired with baubles in winter, a pocket planter lends itself to creative seasonal arrangements of plants and ornaments. The form of a pocket planter creates all sorts of opportunities for crafting miniature worlds.

Eater bunny in garden full of yellow flowers

A springtime display with bunnies, daffodils, and tulips. 

Any way you style them, pocket planters are versatile and beautiful additions to an indoor container garden or an outdoor patio garden. These ideas are just a starting point for ways you can showcase your green thumb.

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