Hydroponic Strawberries

NFT StrawberriesStrawberries can be grown successfully using a number of different Hydroponic Systems.   Strawberries grown in hydroponics will grow around 40% faster than when grown in soil.

Strawberries can fruit all year around if you provide them with a good growing environment.

Strawberries require a CF range between 18 and  22

Commercial StrawberriesNFT Strawberries

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 TowerGrow Towers

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
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Comments

  1. I made a hydro bubble system from a tea jug and put a strawberry in it my grow solution is 828 on the 7 scale and my leaves are turning purple on the tips of both new and old leaves do you know why?

    • There are a few things that might be causing the purple color.
      – Lots of sun, a lot of plants turn colored in high levels of sunlight, this includes strawberries
      – Strawberries should have nutrient between 18 and 22 CF, if the CF is too high your plants will not grow well
      – Something is being leached out of the tea jug
      Hope this helps

  2. Walks-In-Storms says:

    What is “CF?”

    • CF stands for Conductivity Factor

      The strength of hydroponic nutrients is measured by passing a small amount of electricity through it and measuring how much gets through, the stronger the nutrients, the more power gets through

  3. Walks-In-Storms says:

    What is “NFT?”

    • Hi NFT is Nutrient Film Technique

      NFT is basically a system where a thin film of nutrients run down a surface and the plant roots hang down into it

  4. Cratester » Side ikke Fundet says:

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic
    to be really something that I think I would
    never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me.

    I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  5. I want to make a upick strawberry garden that looks unique and easy to pick and manage. I like the look of the system with the pvc pipes in a triangle. How many palnts are in there and how good are the berries.

    • I have 7 plants in each of the tubes, they can really be any size you want. The important thing is to make sure there is enough food getting to the lower plants, you will notice the color of the leaves changes to yellow if there is not

      Hydroponic strawberries have a great taste and I reckon they keep longer as well

      I would love to see some pictures of your design

      • hi

        just wondering growing strawberries in 30 C heat in the tropical climate, with hydrophonics, could it be done ? and have any tips ?

        thnks
        henk

        • Hi Henk

          The strawberries should be fine at 30 C, in fact they should do really well at that temperature. Normally it is the lack of moisture that causes the plants issues, this doesn’t happen with hydroponics. The only thing I would suggest is making sure there is some air movement, this helps to stop mildew forming on the plants.

          I would love to hear how they turned out for you and see some pictures if possible

          Happy growing
          Henry

  6. Thanks for all the info. I want to start a hydroponic system with strawberries. every tip is sooooo welcome!! Thanks

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