7 Replies Latest reply on Oct 8, 2017 7:48 AM by dperrone

    strawberries

    jackiekernick

      has anyone had success with planting indoors with only grow lights,and best way to pollinate

        • Re: strawberries
          joed

          Hi jackiekernick, Growing flowering / fruiting plants such as strawberries with a stock, indoor TG is not recommended. You may find the following helpful:

           

          Growing [Flowering / Fruiting Plants] Indoors (Is It Worth It?)

          http://www.towergarden.com/blog.read.html/en/2016/9/growing-tomatoes-indoors

           

          How to Grow Strawberries with Tower Garden

          http://www.towergarden.com/blog.read.html/en/2016/1/growing-strawberries

           

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          • Re: strawberries
            dfdsilky

            I live in Mi and have had great success doing this inside in the winter. You have to add red/warm lights(alternate) once they start to blossom. I've hand pollinated and used Blossom set spray and both worked but I think hand pollinating yielded more fruit.

            • Re: strawberries
              dperrone

              I would love to hear from anyone who is growing or trying to grow strawberries indoors, and what their experiences have been.

              Thinking about it.

              I get that it may be harder than greens, herbs and lettuces...but strawberries would be a very welcome addition to my indoor garden.

                • Re: strawberries
                  joed

                  ...and a Ferrari would be a welcome addition to my garage... but just like successfully & productively growing strawberries indoors, it's not a realistic expectation.

                   

                  All kidding aside, it obviously can be done... but there is no return on investment. Think about it... All the extra lighting and additional manual labor you need to invest into the project... all for (at best) a handful of strawberries every few weeks. *IF* you want to do this simply for fun and just to see a few strawberries appear on your TG, then I *strongly* suggest that you read the two articles I posted above. Here they are again for your convenience:

                   

                  Growing [Flowering / Fruiting Plants] Indoors (Is It Worth It?)

                  http://www.towergarden.com/blog.read.html/en/2016/9/growing-tomatoes-indoors

                   

                  How to Grow Strawberries with Tower Garden

                  http://www.towergarden.com/blog.read.html/en/2016/1/growing-strawberries

                   

                  Good Luck!

                   

                  -- [please mark this post as "Correct Answer" (under Actions menu) and/or "Helpful" when appropriate] -- Happy Growing! -JoeD towergarden level2concepts tgtech TG Tech

                  • Re: strawberries
                    dfdsilky

                    Dperrone,

                    Last winter, I used one of my Tower Gardens for just strawberry plants(28). All of them blossomed and bore a good amount of fruit. I alternated lights(red) once they started to blossom and hand pollinated which only takes a few minutes. They like a lower ph and my mine did better between a 4.5-5. I live in Mi.

                     

                    Here is a useful article from the Tower Garden website:

                    How to Grow Strawberries with Tower Garden

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                      • Re: strawberries
                        joed

                        >>> You should never run your TG nutrient solution pH lower than 5.5. <<<

                         

                        "They [strawberries] like a lower ph" is referring to SOIL pH... not hydroponic nutrient solution pH... which runs lower than soil pH. This is a source of much confusion when growing strawberries hydroponically.

                         

                        Always keep your TG nutrient solution pH in the 5.5 to 6.0 range.

                         

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                    • Re: strawberries
                      dperrone

                      So much has happened since I originally got involved with this discussion, I felt compelled to update my response.

                       

                      While I am still interested in trying a few strawberry plants in my Tower Garden, I have done some serious re-evaluating on how I want it to suit my lifestyle. Thought it might be helpful for anyone else out there trying to make the same decisions.

                       

                      My Tower Garden is strictly indoors; it is in my kitchen. I fairly successfully was growing two jalapeno plants - which DID produce several dozen peppers - and two tomatoes...that had not yet produced tomatoes. I pulled the pepper plants because they were drawing aphids from somewhere (NEVER did figure out from where) and pulled the tomatoes because they were the wrong type and were too viney-y.

                       

                      I have re-planted my TG, and because I AM harvesting the plants for cooking, I decided to replant with the fastest, best growers, and those I enjoy eating and cooking with.

                       

                      Here's my list based on my findings:

                      • Michihili Cabbage - FAST growing; great in stir fry and soups
                      • Curly Leaf Endive - FAST grower; great addition to salads
                      • Bok Choy - FAST grower; great in stir fry and soups (especially 'baby bok')
                      • 'Salad Bowl' Lettuce - so far - of all lettuces I tried -  it has grown best
                      • Arugula - grows very well in Tower Garden; LOVE Arugula; expensive to buy at my local store and mine tastes SO much better from the 'container' arugula I can get at store.
                      • Italian Basil - grows like a WEED in the TG; easily propagate from cuttings; roots in vase of water (than I plant it in rockwool  and add to TG.)
                      • Dill-easily grows from seed; grows well (with enough lighting) in TG.
                      • Rosemary - Slow grower, but I've killed so many in my regular garden it is doing very well in TG.

                      I am buying most of my heirloom, organic seeds from SeedsNow. They have 'Sample' Packs of seeds for only .99, which makes it easy and affordable to experiment with what you like and what grows best for your particular needs.

                       

                      Everyone's tastes and needs are different, but I think we can all benefit from deciding HOW we want to utilize the TG - whether it is just experimental, or whether you really want to harvest food for the family. For me personally, I am happy to have this plan in place for my Winter growing season.

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