How Do You Grow Hydroponic Strawberries?

I’ve been growing juicy, flavorful strawberries without soil for years. It’s a rewarding experience, and I’m excited to share my knowledge with you!

Choosing Your Hydroponic System:

There are several hydroponic systems to choose from, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. My personal favorite for strawberries is the ebb and flow system. It’s relatively simple to set up and maintain, and it provides excellent root aeration and nutrient delivery.

Ebb and Flow Hydroponic System

Here’s the basic setup:

  • Reservoir: This holds your nutrient solution and a pump.
  • Growing channels: These are filled with a growing medium like perlite or coconut coir, where your strawberry plants will sit.
  • Timer: This controls the flood and drain cycles.

Selecting Your Strawberry Plants:

The best varieties for hydroponics are everbearing or day-neutral strawberries. These produce fruits throughout the growing season, regardless of day length. Some popular choices include:

  • Albion
  • Seascape
  • Tristar
  • Fern

Planting and Maintenance:

  1. Prepare your nutrient solution. Use a balanced formula specifically designed for strawberries.
  2. Fill your growing channels with your chosen medium. Make sure it’s well-moistened.
  3. Plant your strawberry crowns. I recommend placing them in net pots filled with the same medium.
  4. Adjust your pH and nutrient levels. Aim for a pH between 5.8 and 6.2.
  5. Set up your timer for the flood and drain cycles. A typical cycle is 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off.
  6. Monitor your plants regularly. Check for pests, diseases, and nutrient deficiencies.
  7. Pollinate your flowers. You can do this by hand using a cotton swab, or you can introduce bumblebees into your system.
  8. Harvest your strawberries when they’re ripe. They should be a deep red color and have a sweet aroma.

Benefits of Hydroponic Strawberries:

  • Higher yields: Hydroponics can produce up to 50% more strawberries than traditional soil gardening.
  • Faster growth: Strawberries grown hydroponically reach maturity faster than those grown in soil.
  • Reduced pests and diseases: The controlled environment of a hydroponic system helps to prevent pests and diseases.
  • Year-round production: You can grow strawberries year-round with a properly controlled hydroponic system.
  • Less water usage: Hydroponics uses up to 90% less water than traditional soil gardening.

Challenges of Hydroponic Strawberries:

  • Initial setup cost: Hydroponic systems can be more expensive to set up than traditional soil gardens.
  • Technical knowledge required: You need to have some basic knowledge of hydroponics to operate and maintain a system.
  • Potential for system failures: Power outages or equipment malfunctions can damage your plants.
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Miles Alexander Alvarez

Miles Alexander Alvarez, the founder of, is a hydroponic gardening expert with over 26 years of experience in the industry. Holding degrees in Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture from UC Davis and Cornell University, he has dedicated his career to advancing modern agriculture through innovative hydroponic solutions. Currently based in Sri Lanka, Miles works with a leading agricultural company to implement sustainable farming practices. As a published author and recognized authority in the field, his insights and expertise make an invaluable resource for hydroponic gardening enthusiasts worldwide.

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