Strawberries are among the most popular fruits of true gourmets. Freshly picked, sprinkled with sugar or even with a hint of whipped cream, it is always a pleasure to eat them naturally. Having strawberries in a pot, on your balcony or in your apartment, is an affordable luxury that will make you love the simple pleasures that Mother Nature offersHow to grow strawberries indoors? What equipment is needed? All the answers in this fruity article.

How to grow strawberry from seeds

There are several ways to grow strawberries, namely from a mature plant, in water, or from seed. For now, let's see how to grow strawberries indoors in the most fun way possible - by growing them from collected seeds. Although you can buy a strawberry plant, it is not as fun as growing strawberries from seed.

Follow these steps to prepare your strawberry seeds:

Dry or completely dehydrate a strawberry fruit. One fruit will suffice; a strawberry has about 200 seeds in its skin.
Once completely dry, scrape the strawberry with a toothpick to remove the seeds.
Wash the seeds in cold water to remove the juice.
Dry them on a couple of paper towels.
Store the seeds in a cool, dry place, and keep rotating the seeds and changing the paper towels until they are completely dry. You'll know they're completely dry when they're hard to the touch and hard to squish.

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 How to Prepare strawberry soil

Soil preparation is an important step for the optimal growth of any plant. The goal is to provide your strawberry plants with the nutritious soil they need. Also, be sure to loosen the compressed soil.

The best type of soil for strawberries is silty soil, which is a mixture of sand, clay, and organic components. It absorbs water and moisture well, which is great for strawberries.

Growing apartment strawberries in pots

grow strawberry in pots

If you choose to grow in pots, all you need to do is bring together a few simple ingredients:

  • strawberry plants, preferably organic
  • a terracotta pot or a tray with drainage
  • soil

There are different varieties of strawberries, from the sweetest to the juiciest: choose different varieties, more or less early to have strawberries all year round. You will find plants and cultivation advice at a nursery, garden center or on a website specializing in supplies dedicated to indoor cultivation.

It is also possible to create an above-ground installation, thanks to hydroponics. The decorative effect will be astounding: plant walls lined with hanging fruits  and strawberries, a little corner of paradise accessible from your sofa ...

How to optimize the growth of your plants indoors?

First, check that your plants are in the ground: the roots of the strawberry plant should point downwards in the pot and the soil should reach the level of the collar of the plant, just before the leaves start.

To guarantee a harmonious growth of your plants and the development of beautiful fruits, watering must be regular and homogeneous. But the determining element for good fruiting is light: the strawberry plant must receive at least 6 hours of sun per day. If the configuration of your apartment does not allow you to benefit from ideal sunshine, especially in winter, do not hesitate to add some horticultural LEDs to simulate a fruitful spring. Your plants and taste buds will thank you!

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What type of strawberry plant to choose?

There are more than 500 varieties of strawberries in the world that can be grouped into two families:

The non-rising strawberries (Gariguette, Magnum, Rubis des jardins) once a year produce larger fruits with a very sweet taste (mid-May for the earlier varieties until mid-August for the later ones).

The rising strawberries (Mara des bois, Charlotte, Maestro®, Reine des VallĂ©es) are ideal for growing strawberries at home. They give less fruit at a time, but they are harvested over a longer period (June until the first frosts).

Smart tip: plant different varieties of strawberries to feast on all summer long!

How to grow strawberries?

How to grow strawberries?

 Whether you have a green thumb or not, growing strawberries is very simple:

Choose a sunny location and remove weeds. For a pot or planter planting, use a container with drainage holes (minimum 25 cm deep).

Plant the strawberries in a mixture of garden soil and potting soil, then spread mulch (leave 50 cm between each plant). Be careful not to completely bury or let the crown protrude too far (plant collar).

Water the strawberries, if needed. Let the soil dry slightly between watering to prevent rotting.

Cut the runners (creeping stems that spread quickly) so as not to invade the space. Plant them to get new strawberries or put them in the compost.

At the end of the season, remove the dead leaves (the other leaves will be used for the production of strawberries the following year) and cover the strawberries with straw.

And for beautiful red, juicy strawberries, add compost or berry fertilizer to enrich the soil.

Strawberries are also very easy to plant at home.

How to grow strawberry indoor

Strawberries are popular as home garden plants because they bear fruit very quickly and require very little space. They grow in containers as well as in the ground.

How to grow strawberry indoor

Growing organic strawberries Instructions:

  1. Buy preferably organic strawberry plants from a nursery or garden center
  2. Seedlings should be left in water for about 1 hour beforeing
  3. Choose a pot with drainage holes prefer terracotta ones
  4. Fill half or 2/3 full with potting soil, plant your strawberries, and continue to fill in soil around the plants.
  5. Fill up to about 2 inches from the edge of the pot.
  6. When you plant your strawberries, make sure that the roots are pointing straight into the potting mix and that the potting mix is ​​level with the collar of the plant (where the greenery begins)
  7. Then water your plants
  8. Place your pot in a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day.

When watering strawberries, remember not to overwater. Check back daily to track their progress. Dip a finger in the soil to make sure it is moist to a depth of 3 to 5 cm.

Water your strawberry plants properly

Strawberries are hardy plants, but they don't get along with too much or too little watering. If you are learning how to grow strawberries indoors, check the soil moisture daily with a finger.

This will tell you if your strawberry plant needs to be watered. As a general rule, you should only water them when the soil is dry to one centimeter below the surface. More than that can choke them, and less will keep them dry. Another option is to use a moisture meter on the soil of your strawberries.

Indoor strawberry  fertilize

Strawberries are hungry plants and will thrive when fertilized with a quality fertilizer. For best results, use a fertilizer every two weeks when the plants begin to flower.

Choose an organic compost that is safe for fruits. You don't want to put chemicals in something you are going to eat later.

Harvest strawberries

harvest indoor strawberries

Wait for your strawberries to be ripe. The best thing to do with ripe strawberries is to harvest and eat them right away. Be aware that overripe strawberries attract insects and rot easily.

Tips for monitoring the growth of your strawberries:

In spring, strawberries are usually the first fruits to ripen. Place your strawberry boxes in a sunny location and turn them 180 degrees twice a week to keep the plants exposed to the sun evenly. Make sure the soil is moist, not wet. If possible, water in the morning or during the day, but not in the evening, to avoid disease. You can pick your strawberries as soon as they are ripe !.


Strawberries benefit 

Strawberries are one of the most tempting fruits for their red color and sweet taste. This little fruit has always been a symbol of seduction and sensuality.

Strawberries provide our body with very beneficial substances like beta-carotene which is an antioxidant, lots of fiber and vitamin C, so they are indicated for people suffering from constipation, obesity and anemia.

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