Growing Strawberries Indoors With Hydroponics

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  1. Mason M4

    Mason M4 Apprentice Gardener

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    I have a 600w HPS light and a grow tent etc, i'd like to grow strawberries but have no idea where to start. I understand there are June bearing strawberries and everbearing, if I had June bearing Strawberries and kept them in ideal conditions (photoperioid/temp) could the flowering period be infinite? Or do they stop flowering after a certain amount of time? I've read that everbearing strawberries aren't as nice to eat nor are they as large.

    My grow space is 1.2m x 1.2m so I could either pack the room full of strawberries or I could grow something else but i'm not too sure what else would do well hydroponically that I could eat.

    So my main questions are

    - Do June bearing strawberries flower year round if they're in ideal conditions
    - What strain of strawberry should I buy
    - What else could I grow hydroponically

    Thanks
     
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    Hello Mason and welcome to the forum.

    Strawberries are tough hardy plants that thrive outdoors, I wonder why you want to grow them indoors? Tomatoes would be my choice.
     
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      Mason M4 Apprentice Gardener

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      I was looking at Tomatoes but I don't particularily like them, though they seem the most popular option with tonnes of information online. I like growing indoors, there are advantages like full control of the environment, less insects and it's a bit more sciencey instead of letting nature take it's course.
       
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      Chillies peppers would do well grown indoors, you would be able to crop year round I should imagine.
       
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      Cannabis would do better :whistle:

      Apart from flavour etc. I think your biggest problem with everbearing varieties is that they don't crop much. They keep on producing just a few berries for a long period of time, whereas "normal" strawberries just go fit-to-bust for a few weeks, massive crop, then stop & recover.

      There are probably better crops for growing indoors. Chillies is a good one - although I do wonder how many chillies any family needs. Chilli fanatics will no doubt disagree with me, but I think they grow a lot for the fun & challenge, more than to then enjoy the fruits of their labours. 4 Chilli plants does me for the whole year.

      Lettuce would do well too - quick to crop, so you could keep on starting off new plants.

      What else I wonder?
       
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      • 3CHelp

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        I'd go for basil, thyme, mint, lettuce...You'll appreciate having them at hand fresh when cooking. They are easy to look after and grow pretty fast. Thus you do not have to wait for ages to see the results of your gardening activities. Good luck!
         
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        In Southern hot climates strawberries are grown as an annual, The dry rooted plants go in and six months later are plowed in for the next crop. I think you could do this by adjusting light length to fool them - and harvesting runners for the next set of plants. Make them think they are in Australia during winter. They also grow rhubarb as annual that way. If you know someone to keep whacking a slice off their large root mass you could get rhubarb in weird times of years too. Strawberry/rhubarb pies in December.

        Dwarf okra.
         
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