This comprehensive guide will show how to prepare a bare-root strawberry plant using a Tower Garden.
What are Bare root strawberries?
Strawberries need seasons worth of growth from seed before they will produce a decent amount of fruit. Without this, you're going to get very little. So you need to buy the strawberries in, already grown and with their roots on.
Where do you get them from?
Really, you want to be buying them from a retailer that specifically grows for Hydroponic/aeroponic systems. If you don't, there is the chance that the plants coming from the soil will contaminate your browser of nutrients with something like Pythium, aka Root root.
If you can't purchase from this type of reseller, you need to clean the roots off considerably. Multiple washes and a light dosage of Hydrogen peroxide will help.
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What do you do when they arrive?
Step 1: Soak the Roots - Rehydrate and prepare the roots of your bare-root strawberry plant with our Soak the roots for an hour and get ready for successful growing.
Step 2: Trim the Roots- Ensure that your bare-root strawberry plant establishes quickly in your Tower Garden by trimming its roots. Cut away anything that looks dead, albeit be careful because they might look dead but just be dormant.
Step 3: Prepare the Tower Garden System Meta Description: Get your Tower Garden system ready for planting your bare-root strawberry plant. Our guide shows you how to clean the system and add the necessary nutrients for successful growing.
Step 4: Prepare the Rockwool- Protect your bare-root strawberry plant during the transition to the Tower Garden system with Rockwool. To do this, take a rock wool cube, spit it, and wrap it around the crown or just below it. Where it looks like the plant will start producing shoots from and above the roots. Keeping it protected and as if it was in the soil. Tie some string around it to hold it together.
Step 5: Plant the Strawberry Plant: With this- we need to be a little destructive! You need to cut a hole in the black net pot at the bottom so that the roots can come through easily. Just a few snips in the plastic and a bit of a hole will do the trick.
Step 6: Take care of your bare-root strawberry plant to ensure its success in your Tower Garden. For strawberries, you need to be keeping the PH nearer to 6. They like it more acidic than other plants. Trim dead leaves.