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Strawberries

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Care & Harvest

  • Do NOT store Strawberries upon arrival!
  • When ordering, ensure all of the plants on your Gardyn will be ready for plant food by the time your Strawberries arrive, and make sure you’ll have room to add them!
  • You cannot be in Germination Mode, or germinate new yCubes, and plant Strawberries on the same Gardyn, as the plant food needed for the Strawberries will harm young sprouts and prevent germination.

 

Find videos + more tips in our Strawberry Care Guide!

 

💡Temperature & Humidity: Strawberries do well with temperatures in the 60-85°F range, and thrive in 60-75% relative humidity. Watch out for browning on the edges of the leaves, which is a sign their environment is too dry. If you see this, try adding a humidifier near your Gardyn!

 

🐝 Pollination: Strawberries require help with pollination to encourage flowers to form fruit. When the white flowers appear, hold each flower gently between your index and middle fingers. Intentionally swirl the entire flower head 2-3 times with your thumb, ensuring you touch the entire surface. Pollination is an art, and uneven or incomplete pollination can cause your fruit to form funny (though still edible) shapes! Once pollinated, the flower will drop its petals and transform into a berry over the course of about 2 weeks.  

 

✂️ Pruning: While this Strawberry variety is compact, you may find you need to prune it to keep it healthy and encourage more fruit production. Follow these vital Strawberry pruning tips:

  • Never prune back more than ⅓ of the leaves at a time. You can remove any yellow or brown leaves if they appear.
  • Snip off any flowers that appear until the plant has at least 6 developed, fully open leaves.
  • Prune away all runners, or stolons, throughout the plants’ entire life cycle.
  • Prune your Strawberry roots twice a month by trimming away any brown, black, or slimy roots, along with any roots extending past the yPod. Regularly adding HydroBoost to your tank can significantly help with root health (among other benefits!).

 

🔎 Plant Health: Strawberries have very sensitive root systems, leaving them highly susceptible to root rot. To combat this, we recommend twice monthly tank refreshes, twice monthly root checks/pruning, and weekly doses of HydroBoost. Aphids and spider mites are common pests, but you can use our prevention and treatment tricks to keep pests at bay!

 

🍓  Harvest: Strawberries are ready to pick when each berry is red all the way to the stem. Color, rather than size, indicates ripeness. If you still see white or light red tissue, the berry isn’t ready yet! For maximum flavor, give ripe berries an extra day or two to really fill out. They should feel soft to the touch, not firm. Harvest berries right off the stem by either pinching them off with your fingers, or using a clean pair of scissors to snip berries’ individual stems.

Quick Facts

While strawberries are native to many temperate regions of the world such as North and South America, the larger garden berries that we know and love today were created in France by breeding two wild species. By the 1700s, these larger and more productive plants made their way back to the Americas, and by the mid-1800s, commercial strawberry production was well established. 

This tasty Strawberry is a day-neutral variety that produces multiple harvests of sweet, juicy berries. Strawberries are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, and anthocyanins.

Strawberries are a low-calorie treat that add a burst of sweet flavor to your day. Eat berries raw as a healthy snack, or use them in desserts, smoothies, or jams.

Harvest to Plate Recipe

How To Cook Strawberries

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups (200 g) mix of baby greens (or fresh baby spinach)
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered (or other berries)
  • 4 oz crumbled blue cheese (or goat cheese)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or other nuts), toasted
Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Make dressing: In a small bowl whisk oil, vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  2. In a large bowl, add baby greens, strawberries, cheese, and nuts. Pour as much dressing as you want over salad mixture and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

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