How to Cultivate Juicy Strawberries in 5L Plastic Bottle Containers

Growing strawberries in containers like 5L plastic bottles can be a fun and rewarding gardening project. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

Materials Needed:

  1. 5L plastic bottles (clean and with the tops removed)
  2. Strawberry plants or seeds
  3. Potting soil mix
  4. Fertilizer
  5. Pebbles or small stones for drainage
  6. Scissors or a utility knife
  7. Watering can or spray bottle
  8. Sunlight


  1. Prepare the Bottles:
    • Clean the plastic bottles thoroughly and remove their tops.
    • Cut or drill several holes at the bottom of each bottle to provide drainage. This prevents water from accumulating and causing root rot.
  2. Prepare the Soil:
    • Use a good quality potting soil mix that is well-draining and rich in nutrients.
    • Fill the bottles about three-fourths full with the potting soil. Leave some space at the top to avoid overflow when watering.
  3. Plant the Strawberries:
    • You can either use strawberry plants from a nursery or start from seeds. If using seeds, follow the instructions on the seed packet for germination.
    • If using plants, gently remove them from their nursery pots and place them in the prepared bottles. Make sure the roots are spread out and not cramped.
  4. Position the Containers:
    • Place the containers in a sunny spot where the strawberries will receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day. If you’re growing indoors, place the containers near a sunny window or use artificial grow lights.
  5. Watering:
    • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Strawberries prefer slightly damp soil.
    • Water the plants from the top, allowing the water to seep through the drainage holes at the bottom.
  6. Fertilization:
    • Feed your strawberry plants with a balanced liquid fertilizer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Generally, a diluted fertilizer once every two weeks during the growing season should suffice.
  7. Pruning:
    • As your strawberry plants grow, they may produce runners (long stems with small plants at the ends). You can allow a few runners to grow and root, but too many can take energy away from fruit production. Trim excess runners to encourage larger fruit yields.
  8. Pest and Disease Control:
    • Keep an eye out for pests like aphids, slugs, and snails. Remove any affected leaves or pests promptly.
    • Regularly inspect your plants for signs of diseases like powdery mildew. If you spot any issues, take appropriate action.
  9. Harvesting:
    • Strawberries will start to ripen within a few weeks to a couple of months, depending on the variety. Harvest the berries when they are fully red and have a sweet scent.
    • Gently pluck the strawberries from the plants, taking care not to damage the plant or the nearby berries.

Remember that growing strawberries in containers requires a bit of care and attention. Regular monitoring, watering, and proper sunlight are key factors in ensuring a successful harvest.