How to grow Hydroponic Strawberry

How to grow Hydroponic Strawberry

Planting Conditions (1)

  • Cut down old dead leaves and roots dip in fungicide before planting or storing
  • Plant the crown in the media
  • Make sure your plants receive 8+ hours of proper sunlight
  • While Fruiting 18°C to 25°C is best for growth
  • Check the leaf growth – first flower truss in 3-4 weeks after planted
  • Allow flying insects into your greenhouse for pollination
  • Use dehumidifier to reduce the humidity and increase light intensity for increased photosynthesis
How to grow Hydroponic Strawberry

Pollination to Fruiting (2)

  • Once pollinated you can expect the white stage is usually reached in about 21 days & the red stage by 30 to 40days
  • They are mostly self-pollinated but you can introduce bumble bee 40-50 bumblebees can pollinate 4000 strawberry plants
How to grow Hydroponic Strawberry

Temperature Requirements (3)

  • The ideal temp. to maintain for good vegetative growth should be 15°C to 18°C
  • While Fruiting 18°C to 25°C is best for your strawberries
How to grow Hydroponic Strawberry

pH & Special Nutrients (4)

  • pH of 6.0 because higher than that causes iron deficiency
  • Boron Magnesium & Sulphur are important secondary nutrients for strawberry
  • The deficiency of boron causes poor pollination & deficiency of Potassium or magnesium causes leaf burns
  • The deficiency of potassium also makes flavorless fruit
  • Better keep the Phosphorus level higher than
  • usual and chlorine level minimum
How to grow Hydroponic Strawberry

Best Suited Growing Methods (5)

  • The trough filled with Clay balls or Rockwool is mainly seen in the strawberry plantation method
  • You can use the NFT channel width of 15cm good
  • You can also use a hanging bag system
  • Vertical pipes Flood-and drain with clay balls
  • Size of truss used for growing 10cm x 15cm
How to grow Hydroponic Strawberry

Damage Control (6)

  • Strawberry plant hates wet and humid conditions make sure you keep in check
  • You have to keep an eye on the crown of the strawberry because excess water would lead to crown rot
  • Fungal diseases are likely to occur if your system has a poor drainage system
  • Temp. above 30° C in the root zone can lead to poor plant production
  • Beware of Slugs, often chew holes in ripen strawberries if you have done mulching in soil
How to grow Hydroponic Strawberry

Harvesting Strawberries (7)

  • Harvest your strawberries on a daily basis once they turn red
  • While Fruiting 18°C to 25°C is best for your strawberries
  • Harvest your ripe strawberries in the cool morning & store them immediately in a refrigerated environment

Post Harvesting Management

  • You have to store them in a cool place(10-15°C)

Also Read: How To Grow Hydroponic Tomatoes

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