Growing strawberries indoors is a great way to get succulent, juicy berries in plentiful supply, all without the many worries accommodating growing the fruit outdoors. When growing strawberries indoors, you’ll eliminate the risk of those pesky critters ruining your crop while also providing yourself a far more rewarding growth experience since the berries are growing closer to you. Although strawberries aren’t always easy to grow, they are very much worth the effort, and with just a bit of effort, can be grown to perfection.
Choosing Your Pot
A variety of pots and containers are great for growing strawberries indoors. Some of these pots are hanging pots while others sit inside of the windowsill. Perhaps you’d like to have a couple of different plants growing at once? Either way, ensure that you choose a pot that enables the berries room to grow. Remember that a variety of strawberry plants are available for you to grow. Keep in mind the size of the berries and the plants when selecting the best pot for the job. You’ll need from 0.5 to 2L of soil to grow strawberries, depending upon the variety. A good fertilizer is also recommended for strawberries grown indoors. Up to 24 plants can be used inside of a 16-inch basket.
Sun & Water
For proper growth of strawberries at least six hours of sunlight is needed each day. Strawberries can be placed anywhere inside of the home as long as they have the proper amounts of necessary sunlight. Natural sunlight is best, however, indoor growing lights are available for those unable to attain the lighting naturally. Strawberry plants should be lightly watered daily. Keep the soil moist, with a container that allows the water to easily drain. The key is maintain a slightly moist soil while not overwatering.
For fertilizing, it’s generally recommend to do so roughly once a month. This helps keep the soil rich in nutrients so your berries grow optimally. It’s best to go with an organic fertilizer.
Strawberries can be grown from plant or seed. If growing by plant, trim the roots to a length of four to five inches. Remove any leaves or damaged areas of the plant as well. If planting strawberries by seed, give them a jumpstart by placing them in the freezer for approximately two-weeks before planting.
If you’re new to gardening our recommendation is to grow from a plant over seed, at least to begin with. They are typically a little easier to get started with, so work well for newer or inexperienced gardeners.
Germination of strawberries takes an average of two to three weeks. The berries will need to be pinched if they begin blossoming after about six weeks of time. After the six-week period of time, topping the berries is sufficient. After the third set of true leaves has grown, the berries are ready for picking. You can enjoy the berries fresh from the vine after picking, but be sure to wash them first!
Tips for Growing Strawberries Indoors
- Berries are best when they are a rich red, so leave it on the plant an extra day to ensure that you have the most flavorful piece of fruit possible.
- Purchasing disease-resistant plants is a good idea that reduces the risks that come along with growing berries. This is especially important if you plan to move them outdoors during the warmer seasons.
- A soil pH of 5.5 – 7.0 is best for strawberries
- Loam is the best soil type for growing strawberries .
- First and second-generation plants yield higher growth rate than first generation.
- Do not pull the berries; cut them by stem.
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