03 Mar
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Grow Strawberries Indoors: You Can Grow That!

 

If you want to grow fruit indoors, strawberries are your best bet. They’re easy to plant bareroot, take up very little space, and since they are small fruits, they grow quickly to maturity indoors. Plant the right bareroot strawberry plants indoors right now, and you can enjoy fruit in as little as six weeks. Here’s how.

 

Choose the right bareroot strawberry variety

 

Day-neutral strawberry plants, which aren’t affected by day-length and tolerate temperatures between 35-89 degrees, are the best strawberries to grow indoors. The most reliable day-neutral strawberry is the Seascape strawberry. The medium-large berries of this plant are super sweet.

 

Prepare for strawberry planting

 

In a bucket, moisten well-draining, high-quality potting soil until it is damp. Fill a container that is at least 8 inches deep and 8 inches wide with soil to an inch below the rim.

 

In the meantime, soak the roots of the strawberry plants in water that contains a small amount of sea kelp or Superthrive for 1-3 hours.

 

Homegrown strawberries in hand-Julie Bawden-Davis

 

Cutting bareroot Seascape

(All photos this page, Julie Bawden-Davis, HealthyHouseplants.com)

 

Planting bareroot/dormant crown strawberry plants

 

Cut the roots of the strawberry plants by ¼ to ½ inch. Cut off any dead stems. Plant 3 to 4 inches apart in the prepared soil, making sure that the crown remains above the soil and the roots are submerged and running straight down into the soil. If you bury the crown, it will rot, and if you have exposed roots when you’re done planting, the strawberry plant will dry out. 

 

Water the plants well after planting with warm water.

 

Planting Seascape strawberries        Seascape strawberry bareroot planted

 

Place strawberry plants in a bright location

 

As fruiting plants, strawberries require a bright location to grow well and produce. Grow them in an unobstructed western, eastern or southern window. If the view is obstructed or if the plants don’t grow well and fail to fruit, put them under full-spectrum lighting.

 

Strawberry fruiting indoors      After 4 weeks of growth.

 

Pollinate strawberry flowers when they appear

 

Foliage will appear on the plants within a week and flowers will come in about 3-4 weeks. When they bloom, take an unused child’s paintbrush and spread the bristles around in the flower so that pollen is moved from the stamen to the pistil.) Strawberries are self-fruiting, but they rely on wind or animals to do this outdoors.)

 

Water strawberries properly

 

As fruiting plants, strawberries should remain moist but not soggy. Water with warm water when the top inch of soil has dried out.

 

Fertilize strawberry plants regularly

 

Strawberries require a constant source of nutrients. Choose an organic strawberry fertilizer that is low on nitrogen and higher on phosphorus and potassium, such as our Super Berry Builder. A good food is designed for acid-loving plants.

 

Seascape Growing Inside-1 Week         After one week of growth. 

 

Check for pests

 

Any indoor fruit is subject to pests, such as mealybugs and spider mites. Spray mealybugs with isopropyl alcohol and spider mites with neem oil.

 

If you want further information on successfully growing strawberries indoors, watch this short Healthy Houseplants video.

 

Ready to give growing strawberries indoors a try? Click here to buy Seascape strawberry plants in our store! We specialize in strawberries, and unlike other suppliers, we have plants available year-round!!

 

For more information about growing strawberries, get a copy of The Strawberry Story: How to Grow Great Berries Year-Round in Southern California, or The Strawberry Story: How to Grow Great Berries in the Northeast.

Julie Bawden-Davis

Julie Bawden-Davis is a Southern-California-based garden writer and master gardener, who has written more than 2,000 articles for publications like Organic Gardening, Better Homes and Gardens, Wildflower and The Los Angeles Times. She is a garden columnist with Parade.com, and is the author of 7 books, including Indoor Gardening the Organic Way, The Strawberry Story series and Fairy Gardening.

Website: www.healthyhouseplants.com

3 comments

  • Comment Link anne 23 July 2016 anne

    I planted indoor strawberry before and its definitely quick to grow it. It takes no hassle to plant one, hence starters should consider it before any other else.

  • Comment Link JayTee 31 March 2016 JayTee

    I have been growing indoors (I live in an apartment) for the past 8 months now (strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes etc) with an amazing LED grow light that I bought from Bloomburst LED LLC. Have mastered my indoor skills now by realising that under LED lights the plants need extra calcium (I used old eggshells) and haven't looked back since - family are all participating and the produce is great when we have all been involved in the growing of our plants and fruits....!

    From Healthy Houseplants: Thanks for sharing Jay Tee! Really great to hear how successful indoor fruit growing has been for you and your family. Proof that you can grow just about anything indoors!

  • Comment Link Biobiokica 22 July 2015 Biobiokica

    If you want to grow root or tuber vegetables in this container, such as carrots or potatoes, wetter soil can mean more disease problems, so you may need to use a narrower item for the soil foot to sit in. Root crops may also taste better if they are forced to grow downward toward the water.

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