Strawberry planter

Asked March 7, 2015, 11:23 AM EST

I would like to grow strawberry plants in cinder blocks. Is this feasible, or would the alkalinity of the concrete affect the strawberries' need for acid soil, preventing the strawberries from thriving?

Washington County Oregon strawberries horticulture

1 Response

Newly purchased cinder blocks are likely to leach more alkalinity than are older, used kinds. Even so, repeated testing of the planting mix might be required to determine if pH rises over time. Perhaps the more important factor will be the very cramped root space available in a cinder block.

Resources for you:

- “Growing Your Own“ discusses container gardening on page 3. https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/files/project/pdf/em9027.pdf

- “Growing Strawberries in Your Home Garden” https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/files/project/pdf/ec1307.pdf

-This tip sheet offers additional ideas for small space gardening: http://ext100.wsu.edu/clark/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2014/02/Strawberries.pdf