Strawberries can fruit all year around if you provide them with a good growing environment.
Strawberries require a CF range between 18 and 22
I have found using NFT with a PVC pipe as the channel is the best for me, this method is also the most commonly used system for commercially grown Strawberries
If possible suspend the pipe above head height, the strawberries will hang below the pipe and it is very easy to see when they are ready and to pick them, this also allows easy management of Strawberry runners.
I generally plant my Strawberries in a mixture of Perlite and Vermiculite in grow pots, the mixture has a lot more Vermiculite than Perlite as Strawberries to limit the amount of moisture around the Strawberries crown, Strawberry plants to not like having a wet crown.
Flood and Drain Strawberries
Strawberries can be grown in a Flood and Drain system as long as you take special care to keep the crown of the Strawberries dry.
Use a mixture of Perlite and Vermiculite as the aggregate, have a 2 cm layer of Vermiculite at the top of the Grow Tray. Ensure that the Overflow Pipe is below the level of the layer of Vermiculite.
Grow Towers are another method for growing great Strawberries, you are able to have a large number of Strawberry plants with a very small foot print.
Fill the pots with a mixture of Perlite and Vermiculite, plant a single Strawberry plant in each opening. Ensure that the Strawberry crown stays dry.
Caring for your Strawberries
- Pick the fruit as soon as they are ready
- Check the plant regularly for runners and cut them off