2nd Strawberry in AG Attempt

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Assorted Alpines was from seeds, freezer treated for 1 month, in seed starting set-ups, tissue or sponge, on the 22nd Mar.  Sprouts starts in about the 8th day, these are transplanted into egg-carton pots.  The picture here are the seedlings on the 5th Apr, about 14 days after seeding, some are starting their first real leaf.

 

The Tri-star and Eversweet bareroots are from Starkbros.  Arrived on the 2nd Apr.  Planted in AG3s are the Tri-stars, and the AG6, the Eversweet.  All on the same day. GH mixture, mild growth, 5ml Micro, 5ml Bloom, 10ml Grow and 10ml Blend per gallon, ph 6-6.5, ppm 1010.  Also in the AG3 picture is a home made DWC system with a cherry tomato, see how that go.

   

The rest of the roots are planted in soil, planting bags and home-made hydroponic DWC systems on the 3rd Apr.  All pictures are taken on the 5th Apr.

 Full setup 

08 Apr 2009 update: http://aerogardenmastery.com/drupal/content/2nd-strawberry-ag-attempt#co...

4-6 days, no nutrient change, still at mild growth stage.

12 Apr 2009 update: http://aerogardenmastery.com/drupal/content/2nd-strawberry-ag-attempt#co...

8-10 days, nutrient change for the AGs, GH mixture, growth, 7.5ml Micro, 2.5ml Bloom, 12.5ml Grow and 10ml Blend per gallon, ph 6-6.5, ppm 1080. Home-made DWC, maybe nutrient change next week.

04 May 2009 update: http://aerogardenmastery.com/drupal/content/2nd-strawberry-ag-attempt#co...

Nutrient changes to Transition stage for 1 AG3 and AG6. 10ml Micro, 10ml Bloom, 10ml Grow and 10ml Blend per gallon, ph 6-6.5, ppm 1390.

17 May 2009 small update: http://aerogardenmastery.com/drupal/content/2nd-strawberry-ag-attempt#co...

Nutrient change to Bloom stage for 1 AG3 and AG6: 10ml Micro, 15ml Bloom, 5ml Grow and 10ml Blend per gallon, ph 6-6.5, ppm 1460.

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stonecold (not verified)
Ya, the nutes change probably

Ya, the nutes change probably too much of a shock to the system.  Will be in bloom stage for the rest of the entire period, see how that goes. :)

MaryH (not verified)
Then it is probably not ripe

Then it is probably not ripe enough.

stonecold (not verified)
Thanks. :)  Sour though. 

Thanks. :)  Sour though.  Maybe the nutes change cause it to ripen before time?

MaryH (not verified)
The strawberries look great

The strawberries look great stonecold.

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Were they for a girlfriend?

Were they for a girlfriend? Maybe she should decide. But the bigger Eversweet looked red in the picture. (Then again, my camera always exaggerates red, for some reason.)

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stonecold (not verified)
Ya, I was wondering if that

Ya, I was wondering if that is the case too...

Haven't tried them yet, you think they are red enough?  Smells nice though.  :)

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Nice, stonecold! I wonder if

Nice, stonecold! I wonder if the nute change forced the pace?

How do they taste?

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stonecold (not verified)
Brief update, the Tri-star

Brief update, the Tri-star and Eversweet are in Bloom stage nutrient mix.  And they ripen?  Not sure if that is the standard time, but all of them seems to ripen on the same time, noticed some color change since when the nutes are changed to transition stage.  Also, it looks like Eversweet is a everbearing variety instead of day nuetral as advertised, so far no new blooms on the AG6 Eversweet yet since the nutes change.

Eversweet in AG6 on May 17, 2009. Tri-star in AG3 on May 17, 2009. Quite a few deformed?    

stonecold (not verified)
I am still growing them, so

I am still growing them, so only initial impressions. 

In terms of resistance to rot or fungus growth on the root, I have yet to have any trouble with the Eversweet but Tristar already has several casualties.  Not sure is it because of the larger capacity of the AG6 that is better for strawberries or just because of the varieties.  Also, Tristar seems to have a messier root system, especially when they come in as bare-roots, compared to the Eversweet.  I would also probably buy an antimicrobial solution to dip the bare-roots in first before getting them into the AGs, didn't do it this time, always wondering what I may have introduced into the nutrient solutions that is killing the Tristar.  AG3 might also not be suitable for strawberries, the root system has already grown to cover the entire floor of the bowl by now and the transpiration rate is high for strawberries, in 5 days, last week I forgot to check until Friday when the AG sounds quieter without the bubbling sound, the entire bowl is almost empty!  But the plants are doing well surprisingly, ppm of the solution went pass 3k though.  :P  Maybe that is why is driving the Tristar plants to go flowering?  In the Eversweet, only one plant went into flowering mode, the rest are happily growing leaves and runners after I cut off the initial flowers.  Now am in Transition stage of the nutrients, let's see how that goes.

So far, for NC climate, my 600 sq feet apartment without air-conditioning has already reach 80+ F by late afternoon, I am inclined to go full Eversweet next time round if the flavor and fragrance of Tristar is only comparable to Eversweet as Eversweet supposedly grows well even in temperature of high 90s.  That temperature is reached even with the dark period of the AGs set in to start in the late morning so now have the room thermostat set at 82F.

I have yet to grow normal strawberries plants from seed yet, maybe with the first fruits of these plants I will give it a go and report back, also to see if the characteristic breeds true. :P

MaryH (not verified)
Stonecold, If you had to do
Stonecold, If you had to do it again, would you recommend roots or seeds? Also which type do you feel grow the best?

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