Growing strawberries indoors lets you beat the season and have some lovely berries to bring a taste of summer into your home. What better way to get an early taste of summer than to enjoy some strawberries and cream! And you can do this almost any time of the year if you grow them indoors!
Although you can grow strawberries from seeds, I would suggest rather buying a few established strawberry plants. It's easier and you will have more success.
Strawberries come in three main varieties:
Everbearing produce 2-3 harvests intermittently during all seasons except winter. They don't produce many runners.
June-bearing strawberries produce largest berries in a single, large crop for about 2-3 weeks in spring.
Day-neutral strawberries bear fruit throughout the growing season.
Red alpine strawberries are everbearers and are best are best for indoors. They have no runners so will be tidier.
Strawberries like light and should get 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day. Full sun is best. If you can't get 6 hours of daylight, keep a grow light on the plant for 12 hours a day.
Strawberries can be planted any time of the year indoors. Use a high-quality, general purpose potting soil for your strawberries. They prefer a soil pH of 5.3 to 6.5, but you probably won't need to worry about this.
Strawberries can be planted close together and don't need lots of space in the pot for their roots. Before planting, remove old leaves and runners.
Hanging planters are good for strawberries. You can also get special strawberry pots that consist of one large pot of little pockets for more strawberry plants.
Pick strawberries as soon as they become red. They are ready to enjoy immediately!
Strawberries enjoy water and should be watered daily. They should be fertilized at least once a month and more once it's started flowering (once every 10 days).
Strawberries are prone to aphids and red spider mites. Mix up some organic pesticide and keep it handy. Start using at the first sign of any bugs.
Borage (a plant) deters lots of pests but can take over and get a bit large. Strawberries are also prone to developing mildew. Use some of my garlic/oil spray to discourage this (recipe here).