Strawberries Grown in the AeroGarden

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This was an old experiment I did way back in June 2008, when I got my second AeroGarden.

I wanted to grow strawberries, from seed, in the AG. The project was a success, however, it takes a long, long time to grow strawberries... In the end I wanted to use this AG to grow cherry tomatoes, so, they were uprooted and planted into a grow container with peat.

They flourished, produced several small strawberries but some of the plants died off. I only have three healthy plants left now, I'm going to plant these into individual pots - filled with coco coir and hydroton clay pebbles. Let's see how they do using proper hydro grow media.

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That's really cool,

That's really cool, Strawberryguy! You're welcome to start a growlog here, too, to show your progress. (See the Grow Logs link under Navigation, probably at your left.) 10 weeks is a big leg up!

This isn't a generic topic on strawberries. It's Peat's strawberry grow, years ago.

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It's been over 7 years since

It's been over 7 years since the last post on strawberries. Since then a lot has changed. Aerogarden now offers the Grow Bowl option. This has opened the Aerogarden to new worlds of growing. I purchased two Bounty models and am using them to grow strawberries and herbs started with the plugs that I sell. I now am offering alpine and hybrid strawberries as plugs. This give you a 10 week jump on growing and saves all the germination time and growing on time. Follow the progress on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gourmetberries. I uploaded a pic of the Aerogarden after one week with the alpine strawberry plugs.

 

 

Michael Wellik

The Strawberry Store, LLC

Middletown, DE

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I think they come from the

I think they come from the bareroots.  Should have wash and soak them before planting them in the potting soil.

Any recommendations on how to get rid of them?  I am reading that using of a home mix of garlic, water and small amount of soap can do it.  Others suggested using Diatomaceous Earth.

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Yes, you need to get rid of

Yes, you need to get rid of them. Spider mites, maybe.

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The bugs looks like small

The bugs looks like small white mites to me, can't take a photo of them as my camera is not that good. 

Are they harmful or not?  Do I need to control or get rid of them?

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Stonecold : Ooh, nice

Stonecold : Ooh, nice container... I hope to hear from you how that works out. Very tempted...

I don't think any substrate is completely bug-and-algae-proof.

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I am starting to wonder if

I am starting to wonder if traditional potting mix is the best for growing indoors.

I am seeing some bugs, white little critters running around in the mix in one of the growbox.  Is that common or did I just get a bad mix?  

Sould I change to a hydroponic type medium like what Peat uses for his transplants? I also have 2 hanging bag tubes for the extra roots that are coming in, so am wondering can that same medium that Peat used be use? 

This is the plant tube that I have.

https://www.parkseed.com/gardening/store/TextSearch?storeId=10101&Search...

Any ideas? 

 

Thanks.

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I hope your husband is

I hope your husband is enjoying his new toys, of course, you have nothing to do with them... 

The liquid nutes are cost effective and will last ages, and I mean ages. I started my three different Flora 1 Litre bottles in June '08, running two AG's and they are still nearly ¾ full.

Definitely worth a bubbler mod, thanks for taking the time to look in on the blogs, they've been an interesting diversion. 

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Thanks everyone!  :) Peat, no

Thanks everyone!  :)

Peat, no chance of getting any more units, not even cheap ones.  Just got 2 AG's over Christmas "for the hubster".    Anywho, hydro budget is depleated for now.  Besides, we're both hooked on your mods, so we're kicking around the idea of an airstone, liquid nutes etc...

Beth11, good to know.  I was tempted to get one of those, but I had a feeling that it would be too tiny for us.

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Hi Kitkat,   Welcome!  I

Hi Kitkat,

  Welcome!  I actually have two of those mini's.  Got them for $20 apiece in December.  Quickly lost interest when I got my first ag.  It works OK, but no timer, lights and it is LOUD!  I thought I could put it in my office at work - sounded like a helicopter!  Put some lettuce seeds in - didn't amount to much.  I actually have a mini bell pepper growing now that is fruiting!  Tiny, tiny reservoir for water.

Beth

 

 

 

 

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