admin - September 19, 2016
We started an entire Tower Garden unit dedicated to growing strawberries hydroponically in order to meet the needs for the strawberries (low pH and changes to nitrogen during the growing process). For starting the growing process we are using a the nutrient solution with Master Blend (N-P-K = 4 -18- 38) mixed with calcium nitrate ( 15.5-0-0), and magnesium sulfate and although most plants do fine with the 6.0 pH we usually run strawberries lower between pH 5.5 to 6.0. According to the research we have been reading (take a look at our blog for links and more information) strawberries need more nitrogen during the non-fruiting period then nitrogen should be decreased during the fruiting stage to prevent the plants from producing too much green vegetation.
If you have experience or suggestions please feel free to let us know, we had some limited success with strawberries mixed in with our other systems (VGS, Tower, Barrels, in the past) but think we can get a better yield if we focus an entire system to just the strawberries.
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