You’ll be amazed at the most luscious strawberries you will grow! Even my berries that are just turning pink taste better than any strawberry from the grocery store! You can buy aeroponic starts in a season. Last year, I missed that season so I purchased ever-bearing root starts, thoroughly rinsed off the soil, and put them into the rock wool. You can see last year’s post by clicking here.
You know how strawberries send out runners! Those young plants are what you want for next year’s crop. I let a couple of dozen runners develop in last year’s Tower Garden. In the fall, I cut the starts off, planted them, and covered them with straw for the winter. Worked perfectly. I just saved myself a bunch of money with minimal labor!
Here is a short video of this year’s process.
Since we still have an occasional night time freeze Bob put a standard fish tank 20-gallon water heater in the reservoir to keep the roots about 60 to 65 degrees. This further protects the starts and speeds up their growth, I suggest a landscape cloth called “row cover“. It’s a very fine weave material that allows light to pass through and will raise the temperature from 2 to 5 degrees around your plants.
When you add water and nutrients to your reservoir strawberries love slightly acidic water. The ideal pH for them is between 5.5 and 6.5.