Sweet Success: Growing Hydroponics Strawberries

The Advantages of Growing Strawberries Hydroponically

Strawberries are among the most popular fruits worldwide, renowned for their sweet flavor and rich nutritional content. When it comes to growing these delightful fruits, hydroponics offers a multitude of advantages. They grow faster, yield more, and often taste better. Hydroponic strawberries can be grown year-round, regardless of outdoor weather conditions. They’re also less prone to pests and diseases, thus reducing the need for potentially harmful chemical pesticides.

The controlled environment ensures that you can achieve the sweetest, juiciest strawberries, all while knowing precisely what went into their cultivation. It’s a win-win situation!

What is Hydroponics?

Hydroponics is an innovative method of cultivation that allows plants to grow without soil, typically by using a nutrient-rich water solution. This science-backed method has been proven to deliver the ideal balance of nutrients, water, and oxygen to the plant’s roots, allowing them to grow quicker and healthier than their traditional soil-grown counterparts.

This ingenious technique has revolutionized farming and gardening, opening up new possibilities for growth, regardless of geographic or climatic conditions. The ability to control and fine-tune the growing environment enables growers to achieve optimal growth rates and yields while minimizing the risk of disease or pests. See this post for more information on Hydroponics.

Getting Started with Hydroponics

Choosing the Right Hydroponic System

Like any gardening endeavor, hydroponics starts with selecting the right system. And it isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. The type of system you choose will depend on the type of plant you’re growing, the available space, and your own comfort and experience with the technology.

For strawberries, systems like the NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) or the Drip system come highly recommended. These systems are known to provide excellent aeration and an ideal nutrient balance, both of which are key for the optimal growth of strawberries.

Finding the Ideal Location

Choosing the perfect location for your hydroponic setup is key. Though strawberries aren’t particularly light-hungry plants, they do need a certain amount of it for photosynthesis. So, your setup should be in a location that allows for proper lighting. The temperature is also crucial as strawberries prefer cooler climates. Additionally, the location should be convenient for you to monitor and maintain.

Step by Step Guide to Growing Strawberries Hydroponically

Preparing Your Hydroponic System

The first step is to assemble your chosen hydroponic system according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure that the system is clean and free of any contaminants before you introduce your plants. If you’re using a pre-used system, consider sterilizing it to ensure it’s free of any potential pathogens.

Planting Your Strawberry Seeds

Once your system is set up and running smoothly, it’s time to plant your strawberry seeds or seedlings. If you’re starting with seeds, you’ll need to germinate them first, which can be done using a growing medium like rockwool. If you’re using seedlings, ensure that you handle them with care as their roots can be quite delicate.

Caring for Your Strawberry Plants

The care and maintenance of your strawberry plants will involve a number of key elements:


In a hydroponic setup, water isn’t just water—it’s the vehicle for your nutrients. This means that the quality and pH of your water are extremely important. For strawberries, the pH level should be kept between 5.5 and 6.5.


While strawberries aren’t the most light-demanding plants, they do need their share of it. Provide your plants with about 10 to 12 hours of light a day. If you’re growing indoors, consider using grow lights.

Nutrient Supply

Monitoring your nutrient solution is crucial. Ensure that it’s topped up and balanced. You should also renew it every two weeks to keep your plants well-fed.

Pest and Disease Control

While hydroponic plants tend to be healthier than their soil-grown counterparts, they’re not immune to diseases or pests. Watch for any signs of distress or illness in your plants and tackle any issues as soon as you notice them.

List of Supplies Needed to Grow Strawberries Hydroponically

  1. Hydroponic System: The type of system you choose depends on your space and preferences. Popular systems for strawberries include Nutrient Film Technique (NFT), Drip System, and Deep Water Culture (DWC).
  2. Strawberry Plants or Seeds: You can start from seeds or buy young plants (called runners) that are ready to be transplanted.
  3. Grow Medium: This provides support to the plants in lieu of soil. It can be rockwool, coconut coir, perlite, or clay pebbles depending on your system.
  4. Nutrient Solution: This is what feeds your plants. You’ll need a solution that’s designed for hydroponics and balanced for strawberries specifically.
  5. pH Test Kit and Adjusters: This will help you monitor and maintain the pH level of your nutrient solution, which is crucial for the health and productivity of your strawberry plants.
  6. Light Source: If you’re growing indoors or in a place with limited natural light, you’ll need a good quality grow light to provide the light spectrum necessary for your plants to grow and produce fruit.
  7. Air and Water Pumps (if necessary): Some systems like DWC require an air pump to keep oxygen levels in the water high. A water pump may also be necessary for systems like NFT or Drip to move the nutrient solution.
  8. Temperature and Humidity Gauge: This will help you monitor and control the environment to keep it in the ideal range for strawberry growth.
  9. Net Pots or Grow Trays: Depending on your system, you’ll need something to hold your plants in place.
  10. Clean Water Source: Hydroponic systems require a lot of water, so a clean, reliable water source is a must.

Remember, the specifics of what you need may change depending on the type of hydroponic system you choose to use. It’s always best to thoroughly research and plan before setting up your system.

Harvesting Your Hydroponic Strawberries

The moment of truth! Once the berries are uniformly red, they’re ripe for the picking. Be gentle when harvesting to avoid damaging the plants or the fruit. Enjoy the fruits of your labor—there’s nothing quite like the taste of a fresh, home-grown strawberry!

Tips and Tricks for Hydroponic Strawberry Success

No two gardens are the same, and that’s part of the joy of it! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different strawberry varieties, nutrient solutions, and lighting setups. Remember, patience is key, and every growing season offers opportunities to learn and improve.


Growing hydroponic strawberries may seem daunting at first, but with a little patience and a lot of love, you’ll find yourself a seasoned grower in no time. The sweet, juicy strawberries you’ll harvest are well worth the effort. Trust me, once you’ve tasted your own home-grown hydroponic strawberries, you’ll never want to go back!


Q1. How long does it take to grow strawberries hydroponically?

On average, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks from planting to harvest.

Q2. Can hydroponic strawberries be grown indoors?

Absolutely! With the right lighting setup, strawberries can be grown indoors year-round.

Q3. What is the best variety of strawberry for hydroponics?

Ever-bearing varieties like “Albion” and “San Andreas” tend to do well in hydroponic systems.

Q4. How often should I change the nutrient solution in my hydroponic system?

It’s generally recommended to change your nutrient solution every 2 weeks.

Q5. Can I use regular tap water for my hydroponic strawberries?

You can, but make sure to check the pH and ensure it falls within the ideal range for strawberries (5.5 to 6.5).

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Jim Allred

Raised on a farm and now thriving in the city, I'm a passionate advocate for hydroponics and indoor gardening. With a background rooted in traditional farming and an eye on the future of sustainable agriculture, I bring a unique perspective to urban gardening. Through this website, I aim to share my knowledge and experiences, hoping to inspire and educate others on the potential of hydroponics. Together, we'll explore how we can bring the garden into our homes and the future of farming into our present. Let's grow together!

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