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How To Grow Strawberries Indoors with a Grow Light

1. Getting Started
You can grow Strawberries under a grow light and enjoy Delicious strawberries throughout the entire year. Before you start you must understand that you will need an Everbearing strand of strawberry not a June Bearing. June Bearing may not produce strawberries indoors.

2. Soil, Container, And Lighting
Use a high grade loamy soil, strawberries also like some compost material in the soil. Use a planter that is at least 12" deep and has plenty of drainage holes. Drainage is very important in indoor conditions because you don't have the power of the sun to dry out the strawberry plants and soil. Lighting is also very important, you will want a full spectrum light system. Proper spectrum lighting is important to make the patch flower and grow a crop. Use the manufacturer's instructions for the correct distance from the light to the strawberry plants. (check out the grow lights in the products below) Your strawberries will need to be exposed to light for 8-16 hours a day.

3. Planting and Pollinating
Whether your starting from seed or planting starter plants you will need to keep the room temperature between 50 and 80 degrees. Once planted make sure you keep the soil moist until the seeds sprout or the starter plants take. Be sure not to over water (its easy to do indoors), only water when the top of the soil is dry. Once you have established a healthy young strawberry patch you will have to help pollinating them. Simply brush all of the flowers gently with a paint brush every once and a while to get the pollen moving around. You could also put a small fan blowing at your patch to move the pollen around the flowers.

4. Let Them Grow!
All you have to do now is water them and add a little fertilizer every couple of weeks. Get a 10-10-10 fertilizer and cut the dose in half when applying it to your patch. (use half of what the fertilizers directions say for indoor plants) When watering be careful not to get the berries wet, this will help avoid growing any fungus. After the initial planting just remember pollinate, water and fertilizer, Now you are well on your way to growing a great indoor strawberry patch!


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