Learn to make your own homemade hydroponics system to grow virtually any plant, vegetable and fruit without soil.
Find out how to grow hydroponic strawberries by filling out their needs for steady temperature, humidity and light levels. It takes patience and care, but you can grow strawberries successfully.
It's amazing to see how many people look for information over the Internet on how to grow hydroponic strawberries. Despite the fact that strawberries are harder to grow in a hydroponic system than many other fruits and vegetables, a lot of people seem to think of them as an end-goal of their hobby, or business.
Before going further and explaining how to grow hydroponic strawberries, let me tell you WHY you should grow them in the first place. There are two main reasons for which people grow strawberries using hydroponics. One of them is for personal use, throughout the season. Hydroponic strawberries can be grown and picked in any month, regardless of the season outside, if you provide them with the right conditions. Think about getting home from work one late evening in November, craving some fresh fruit to relax your taste a bit, after that hasty lunch break sandwich you had last. Obviously, strawberries don't grow in November naturally and the store is too far away to go get some. But wait, your home-grown hydroponic strawberries are fully grown in the other room and you can pick them right out of their foliage!
The second reason you would want to learn how to grow hydroponic strawberries would be for profit. Yes, strawberries can make you a hefty profit…provided the fact that you sell them when they're out of season and they're bigger and more nutritious than what the local trader used to sell in August. Of course, the only way you can accomplish this is by growing hydroponic strawberries instead. Growing them this way instead of using actual soil will also save you a buck or two in the long run, since crops are a lot healthier if you grow them in hydroponic systems and they're also easier to maintain.
But let's get back to the subject and see exactly how to grow hydroponic strawberries, regardless of what you plan on doing with them afterwards. Take a look at the factors you need to be careful of during the process:
I'm not really sure if there is an actual strict temperature limit studied by someone for hydroponic strawberries, but in general you will want to keep the heat up at around 70F during the day and 57F during the night. You should make sure that temperatures don't go beyond or drop below these limits, since they can have severe effects on the growth of the strawberries. If temperature levels are too high, strawberries will stop producing flowers and fruit, so your work will be cut short. Similarly, if they go too low, the strawberries' vegetative growth will be hindered and fruits and flowers can grow harder or smaller, or simply not grow at all.
Strawberries like to get wet, so they like higher humidity levels. Some hydroponic systems have humidity controllers on them, but when you're growing large amounts of hydroponic strawberries you will have to provide them with external humidity as well, especially if you're growing them in a greenhouse. Tweaking humidity levels can also help you get rid of foliage pests such as various insects, spiders and thrips.
Strawberries, like most other plants, have their own photoperiod and they need light at specific times. If you're growing them in a greenhouse that has a lot of incoming natural light, this won't be an issue since the strawberries will draw their light naturally from there. When the sky is clouded for longer periods, or some plants are positioned in darker areas, you may want to cast some additional lights to help them out. However, hydroponic strawberries aren't as demanding on light as they are on other factors, such as temperature for example.