Strawberry growing media

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Strawberry growing media

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I took off for the summer and grew outside and now I'm back again and thinking about starting strawberries. 

Rather then buy the whole kit from Aerogarden I would just like to get the grow bowl and plant later on. I read some people say they have had mixed results with the chunk media and before purchasing it I would like to know if there are any recommendations for something better to use like stone or clay pellets. Is there any downside to using that as a grow media?  Does anyone know how much media to use?

I also saw a YouTube video in which the grower recommends using a general liquid nutrient and not the standard Aerogarden liquid. Any thoughts? 

Thanks 

John  

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Thanks for your detailed

Thanks for your detailed reply. Much appreciated 

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Hey John: I have grown

Hey John: I have grown different types of strawberries in the grow bowl setup. I never used the chunk media. Seemed to me that it would stay wet longer than grow stone or clay pebbles. I've used the stone and clay with success. One thing that happens with media like this is algae. The combination of fertilizer and light bring on the algae in areas that are not shaded by the plant leaves. This happens after some time goes by so if you can get the plants to grow quickly it won't be an issue.

Most any fertilizer will work in the Aerogarden. I have used several types. The Aerogarden fertilizer seems well suited for this system and they have it calibrated for timing and dosage which makes it easy. Using other fertilizers would require experimenting.

Hydroponic strawberries can be tasteless due to rapid growth and readily available water. I add a tsp on molasses beginning when the plants start flowering. Make sure an flush out the system when the crop is finished. The molasses can muck up the pump if too high a dose is ued.

You can get longer production from day neutral strawberries but the number of berries will be fewer than if you use Jnne bearing types. The variety that Aerogarden sells works ok but there are varieties out there that are more productive. Some varieties are too large to have more than one plant per bowl. 

Michael Wellik

The Strawberry Store, LLC

Middletown, DE

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