Author(s): Dr Lynette Morgan
Hydroponic strawberries are a profitable and rewarding crop to grow, but also a crop which needs to be fully understood if economic yields are to be obtained from out of season production.
Understanding of the plant's development and specific requirements and attention to
· selection of the correct cultivar,
· suitable pre plant treatments,
· type of propagation and planting material,
· hydroponic media and system,
· crop nutrition,
· climate and environment,
· planting density,
· pollination methods and
· pest and disease control
are all necessary if an economic commercial crop is to be produced.
As conventional strawberry producers and extensive field operations are experiencing difficulties with the ban on widely used soil sterilisation chemicals, hydroponic strawberry production is becoming a logical alternative.
Hydroponic strawberry production will prove a valuable guide for all intending and existing growers of this increasingly important hydroponic crop.
Orders 1-2 weeks and price available when ordered.
1 Background to Soilless Strawberry Production
8 The Strawberry Plant – Growth Form, Types, Cultivars and Physiology
14 Protected Environments for Hydroponic Strawberry Production
27 Hydroponic Systems for Commercial Strawberry Production
47 Commercial Strawberry Production
51 Strawberry Nutrition
63 Strawberry Propagation
66 Vegetative Growth, Flowering, Pollination, Fruit Set and Fruit Growth
73 Strawberry Fruit Quality and Flavor
78 Pests and Diseases of Hydroponic Strawberries
99 Harvesting, Post Harvest Handling, Packaging and Storage