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Fresh-picked strawberries are the stuff of summer dreams. Crisp, juicy, sweet, tart — these jaunty little fruits stir our taste buds and imaginations. But wait, we can grow them indoors too? Yes, yes you can — and it’s easier than you think. A simple, stepped-up DIY effort can bring that farm fresh flavor home all year round.
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Strawberries thrive in warmer temperature ranges between 70-85°F and prefer a relative humidity of 60-75%. Keep an eye out for browning on the leaf edges, as it indicates dry environmental conditions. If you notice this, consider placing a humidifier near your Gardyn to increase moisture levels.
Prevent root rot by refreshing the tank and checking/pruning roots twice a month. Use HydroBoost weekly. Combat common pests like aphids and spider mites with prevention and treatment methods.
Pick fully red strawberries from the stem, allowing them to fully ripen for optimum flavor. Softness, not size, indicates readiness. Pinch off or snip the berries’ stems.
Fancy a freshly picked strawberry or two every now and then? Growing them indoors means you always have these sweet fruits close to hand — no matter the season. Here’s why keeping your very own strawberry patch inside can be a great idea.
Growing your own strawberries indoors has many benefits, but it all begins with control. With store-bought items, you never know if they’re packed with synthetic pesticides, GMOs or otherwise. Planting your own harvest ensures you know exactly what’s going into your produce — from soil, water, nutrients and more.
Store-bought produce is often picked long before it’s ripe, meaning its taste and texture aren’t at their best when they reach your plate. But with your own indoor berry patch, there’s no compromise — you’re getting the full dose of nutrition and flavor straight from the vine.
Rather than forking out for the pricey, stale produce in your local grocery store, you can save a lot by investing in your own sustainable garden. Seeds are much cheaper than a single fruit or vegetable, and with no transport or packaging costs, the savings add up quickly.
When you grow your own strawberries indoors, you only pick the produce you need, so there’s no need to worry about food ending up in the trash bin. And no matter how much food you have left over, you can always compost it. Also, when you buy less from stores, you buy less packaging — meaning less plastic waste going into landfills.
Bite sized superfood packed with nutrients and loaded with flavor. Go from seed to harvest in just one week.
Growing strawberries indoors may seem tricky, but with the right conditions, you can make it happen. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
You’ll need access to a good amount of light — at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Supplement that with artificial grow lights like fluorescent or halogen bulbs if needed. Rotate your plants every few days to ensure consistent coverage.
With their shallow roots and compact size, strawberries make perfect container plants! You can use classic 12–14-inch diameter pots to fit a couple of plants, or even hanging baskets and strawberry urns for a more decorative display. Make sure your container has good drainage and a catch plate. Fill it with quality potting mix, compost, and some perlite for optimum growth.
To ensure your strawberry plant flowers smoothly, keep temperatures between 50°F-75°F. Doing so will increase fruit size and give your berries more flavor and sweetness. Even if a freeze sneaks up on you, the plant should still be able to survive with temperatures as low as the low 30s. Anything lower than that, and the fruit and flowers of your plants could be damaged beyond repair.
There are hundreds of types of strawberry plants (or cultivars). Most are surprisingly tough and can be planted indoors under the right conditions.
For beginners, however, we’d recommend the Albion and Alpine strawberry varieties. The Albion is a popular hybrid berry known for its sweetness. As it doesn’t spread out on runners, it’s an excellent choice for growing indoors in limited space. Alpine strawberry is another great cultivar — its small size and clumping behavior make it well suited for pot culture.
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Growing strawberries indoors can be a fun and rewarding experience. There are two main ways to grow: growing from seeds or buying baby plants.
Seeds are the cheaper route, but the start-to-fruit time is considerably longer. If you have the patience, this can be a really satisfying option. However, if you’d rather just jump straight into harvest mode, you can also get baby plants.
For beginners, we recommend getting a baby plant (or bare-root plant). Plant it and get to gardening — you can enjoy the fruits of your labor within two months! Plus, it’s easy to cultivate and requires no special care since it already comes with its roots pre-grown.
Now, if you’re out to test your green thumb, you can also grow strawberries indoors from seeds. Just know that it’ll take a bit longer to get any real results since you won’t see any fruit until 5-6 months later. You’ll also need to maintain pretty tight conditions to allow seeds to germinate.
Important! Before planting strawberry seeds, you’ll need to stratify them (exposing them to cold so they germinate). You can do this by putting the entire seed pack in the freezer for about a month. When it’s time to plant, take the seeds out and let them set to room temperature before sowing.
Need an easier way to grow strawberries indoors? Gardyn’s Home Kits come with everything you’ll need. Our starter pack includes 30 yCubes — each containing non-GMO, locally sourced, and pesticide-free seed varieties sourced from all around the world. Just slip in a yCube into your Gardyn unit, and Kelby, your virtual gardening assistant, will put your indoor gardening in overdrive.
When planting, start with an organic, all-purpose fertilizer. Once your plants flower, switch to a potassium-rich fertilizer, applying weekly through spring. You don’t want to over-fertilize, though, so use a soil-testing kit regularly and keep an eye out for signs of stress, such as discolored and burned leaf edges.
Strawberries also benefit from a good bit of pollination. Most of the time, this would occur naturally with wind, rain, or insect activity. But when it comes to growing strawberries indoors, you have to lend nature a helping hand. Don’t worry; it’s a very simple task that doesn’t take much of your time. Simply use a small makeup brush (or your thumb) to spread the pollen from the outside inwards to the center of each tiny flower. Do this every couple of days after the first flowers appear.
Keep a close eye on your strawberry patch. As soon as the berries turn bright red, pick them quickly! When strawberries get soft and mushy, they’re still great for smoothies, jams, or purées. But beyond that, they’ll rot. Store your strawberries in the refrigerator if you’re not planning to consume them soon after picking.
Once you’ve got your hands on some fresh, sweet strawberries, it’s time to get creative. Here are some delicious ways to use your berries:
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