How to Grow Strawberries Inside

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You don't necessarily have to grow strawberries only outdoors if you don't want to. Grow strawberries inside with help from an expert who has been involved in sustainable food production for the past 30 years in this free video clip.

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Hey there! Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Certified Biodynamic Nursery, located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, here today to talk to you about how to grow strawberries inside. Strawberries, like most plants, have some fundamental requirements that, when met, will grow healthy, nutritious, and flavorful – all the things a gardener wants. And, growing indoors in a container is just as wonderful and valid as having a formal garden outside of any capacity. So, don’t feel limited if you are confined to indoor environments, especially in the wintertime. And, strawberries can be grown successfully that way, and the main thing to consider is that you have sufficient sunlight. Strawberries need about seven hours a day of sunlight. They also have, and will do better, under warmer conditions, which are typically occurring in an average household. They do well in temperatures that are favorable to most humans – mid 70s, upper 70s are wonderful. Making sure you have good soil with lots of compost, and making sure that you have good drainage in your container – these are just small containers, but, you know, can be put into larger containers such as the bowl behind me, and you could put five or six plants in something like that and have the fruit hanging over. It would be a wonderful addition to any home. And, as I said, to underscore the importance of the fundamental conditions that plants need to do well, rather than being stuck on whether it can be grown indoors or outdoors. The conditions, whether indoor or outdoor, are similar, so look for those – you know, warmer temperature ranges, 70s, is great, and not certainly dropping below 50. And so, that could be a patio, could be a balcony, but if it’s really really cold outside, then certainly the windowsill of your dining room or den or kitchen will be just fine. And, the plants will look as radiant as they do here. Into dead of winter here in Santa Barbara, or just about wintertime, and these plants are thriving in this, my greenhouse, which all the doors are open, so it’s semi-ambient here. But, again, I’m looking at those conditions and trying to provide those for these plants year in and year out, and regardless of the time of year. So, attention to, again, the fundamental conditions that plants need to do well is the key to growing successfully and being a wonderful gardener. I sure hope you found this information useful. It inspires me to do what I do, to make connections with the broader world around me, getting more extended every day. Remember to feed the soil, and let the plants feed you.

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