8 Easy Indoor Strawberry Growing Tips

Indoor strawberries can be harvested year-round.

Whether you want to grow strawberries in pots on a sunny windowsill or in a small backyard greenhouse, this guide explains how to grow strawberries indoors in a small space.  

1. Choose roomy pots.

Because strawberry plants have short roots, you do not need very large pots to grow them.  

2. Select the right strawberry varieties.

Although it is technically possible to grow any kind of strawberry indoors, day-neutral varieties like "Albion" and "Florida Beauty" are typically the best options for indoor gardens. 

3. Use a rich potting mix.

When growing strawberries indoors, choose a high-quality, well-draining potting mix that is rich in nutrients. Strawberries can be planted any time of year, but they thrive when their crowns are at the soil line and not covered with soil. 

4. Provide lots of light.

Making sure your plants receive adequate light is one of the trickiest aspects of growing strawberries indoors. The ideal conditions for indoor berry plants are bright, south-facing windows that receive at least 6 to 8 hours of light per day; grow lights that are left on for 12 to 16 hours per day also work well. 

5. Add slow-release fertilizer.

A delayed release of nutrients is given to strawberry plants by mixing compost or worm castings into the potting mix; you can increase the rate of growth of indoor strawberries even more by adding slow-release fertilizer to the potting mix. 

6. Water regularly.

Strawberries require regular watering, just like other edible plants. Although they usually require less watering indoors than outdoors, indoor strawberries still need to be watered at least once a week or whenever the top inch of soil feels dry. 

7. Hand-pollinate flowers.

Strawberries can be pollinated by hand every few days during the growing season to ensure that pollen reaches every flower that blooms. Outside, strawberries are usually pollinated by bees and insects, but indoor plants need to be manually pollinated to set fruit. To do this, gently brush a cotton swab or small paintbrush over the flowers of the plant. 

8. Be patient.

After they become established, indoor strawberry plants grow quickly, but it takes longer for the plants to yield berries. Plants grown from runners or seeds often do not bear fruit until their second year, while nursery starts and bare-root strawberries start to ripen two to three months after planting. 

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