Growing Strawberries Indoors Hydroponically
I’m a big fan of indoor hydroponics. It means that I can grow fresh ingredients year round, even if I live somewhere with a short growing season. And it even works great in the winter! The only problem is that most of the plants you can grow will never get ripe enough during the cold months to be tasty. But there are some exceptions, and one of them is strawberries!
Growing strawberries can be a fun and rewarding hobby. The plants are fairly easy to grow, they require only minimal care, and they produce delicious berries in just a few short months. If you’re new to hydroponic gardening or have never grown strawberries before, this is the article for you! In this guide we’ll look at what it takes to start your own strawberry garden indoors.
Growing strawberries hydroponically
Hydroponic growing is a controlled environment. The plants are grown in a water-based solution that’s free of soil. In other words, the roots of the plants don’t touch dirt (or any other substance) and instead grow in an enclosed space filled with nutrient rich water.
Hydroponic growing requires less space than soil based gardening because you don’t have to dig up large sections of your yard for planting or harvesting. Hydroponics are also easier on the environment, since there’s no need to use pesticides or herbicides like you do when planting outdoors. Plus, since it’s all done indoors and you can control everything from lighting to humidity levels, your strawberries will grow faster than they would under natural circumstances!
Since hydroponics is done in a closed system where there are no interactions between different elements, it takes less effort than traditional gardening methods where one has to constantly monitor pH levels and temperature fluctuations among other things
Strawberries and light
Strawberry plants want plenty of light, but they don’t like direct sunlight. If you have a sunny window that you can place the strawberry plants in, that’s perfect! Just make sure to keep them away from the window so they don’t get too much direct sun.
If you don’t have enough sunlight for your strawberries, or if it isn’t sunny where you live, then an artificial grow light is for you. Grow lights are designed to give plants with small root systems extra light and heat so that they can thrive indoors.
The frequency of watering is dependent on the plant and its stage. Use your finger to check the soil daily, but don’t overwater. If the soil is dry, it’s a good idea to water the plant.
- When growing: Watering every two or three days should be sufficient for most crops at this stage.
- When flowering: The fruit will grow from an existing flower, so you’ll want to keep it watered but not overdo it; otherwise you’ll end up with mushy berries!
- When fruiting: The same rules apply—be careful not to overwater or underwater during this period!
Where to set your strawberry plants
Before you set your strawberry plants in their final indoor home, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve found an ideal spot for them.
Your strawberry plants should be set in a sunny spot. Ideally, the area where they will grow will receive at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. You don’t want too much direct sunlight on your strawberries; they can sunburn easily if they’re exposed to too much light. If you live in a temperate region, this shouldn’t be hard to find: just put them near a window that gets lots of morning sun and then dapples shade through the rest of the day.
If there isn’t enough warmth or cold air circulation around them, your strawberries could die off before they even begin growing! That’s why it’s important to keep your plantings warm but not hot (ideally between 70°F and 80°F), and with plenty of airflow around their roots so they aren’t prone to mold or rot from dampness developing at ground level under potting soil or mulch (a common problem).
Lastly—and this might sound silly but I promise it matters—make sure there aren’t any strong winds blowing nearby where you plan on setting up shop! Strong gusts can tip over pots containing fragile young plants like these guys who are just beginning their lives indoors; plus those gusts might spread dust particles into pots which would cause problems later down road when it comes time for harvest time again next year.”
Other strawberry growth tips
Here are some tips for growing strawberries indoors:
- Use a good soil mix. If you’re using an organic soil mix, look for one that’s high in peat moss (25% or more), which helps retain moisture and nutrients. Also make sure to use a sterile potting mixture—it will help prevent against disease and pests.
- Keep the temperature at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius). You may want to invest in a grow light if you don’t have enough natural light coming through windows or skylights; this will help keep your plants growing at their best.
- Keep the humidity at around 60%. Humidity levels are especially important during fruiting; too much can cause mold or mildew problems, while too little will lead to wilting leaves and stunted growth. You can buy small humidifiers from any home improvement store if needed!
- Make sure the pH level of your water stays between 5.8-6.2; this is especially important when watering with distilled water rather than tap water because it has been treated with chemicals like chlorine which can affect seedlings negatively if not properly balanced out by adding other things like borax into solution before watering plants with it.”
Strawberries are easy to grow hydroponically and can taste great.
Strawberries are a popular and healthy fruit to grow indoors. They’re easy to grow hydroponically, which means in water, so you don’t need any soil to get started.
There you have it! You now have the basic knowledge to grow delicious strawberries indoors. Now go out there, buy some plants and get growing!