1. Choose the right variety of strawberries: Hydroponic systems are best suited for smaller and more compact varieties of strawberries, such as Alpine, Chandler, and Seascape.
2. Use high-quality hydroponic nutrients: Hydroponic strawberries require a specialized nutrient blend that contains all essential macronutrients, trace minerals, and micro-nutrients.
3. Maintain a balanced pH level: Strawberry plants prefer a pH range of 5.5-6.5. Regular checks of the pH level should be taken every week.
4. Provide ample light: Strawberry plants need at least 12-14 hours of light per day. They thrive under full-spectrum LED grow lights.
5. Watch for pests and diseases: Hydroponic strawberries are less susceptible to pests and diseases compared to soil-grown plants. However, monitoring is essential.
6. Proper ventilation: Adequate ventilation and air movement are important to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
7. Regular pruning: Regular pruning is essential to promote healthy growth and increased yields. Prune all dead or diseased leaves, runners, and stems.
8. Harvest strawberries when they are fully ripe: Hydroponic strawberries can ripen faster than traditional soil-grown strawberries. Regularly check and harvest strawberries that are fully ripe to encourage the growth of new ones.