Apartment Gardening

Growing strawberries indoors- any advice?

2020-04-20 18:48 #0 by: Evelina

So I bought some strawberries on a whim over a week ago.

But I’m afraid to put them on my balcony because there are these really invasive bugs that eat and kill every plant (even though I use bug spray) I put on the balcony except for pansies. 🤦🏻‍♀️

I thought about either putting them on the balcony and covering them somehow or keeping them in my apartment on the sill of a sunny window. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I don’t know if they need to be pollinated or not; I couldn’t really find any information for this specific strawberry.

Any advice?

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2020-04-21 09:04 #1 by: Maleficum

A think it needs to be pollinated but you could do it yourself with a small brush.

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2020-04-21 12:09 #2 by: Niklas

Lots and lots of sun. The more pollination they get, the more, bigger and earlier strawberries they grow. I found an article in Swedish about it:

» Fler insekter gör bättre jordgubbar (More insects makes better strawberries)

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2020-04-21 14:35 #3 by: Evelina

#1 Okay I looked out how to pollinate it with a brush. Hoping I did it correctly and it  works Laughing

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2020-04-21 14:36 #4 by: Evelina

#2 Too bad I have bad insects killing my outdoor plants every year Crying 

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2020-04-22 12:23 #5 by: Niklas

#4: Do you know what kind? Have you searched for a solution? Are they a flying or walking kind?

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2020-04-22 12:33 #6 by: Evelina

#5 Yes I have. A report from Stockholm University found that this type of bug is a problem now in the area due to the warmer summers. It looks like a small moth. I have to keep the apartment Doors and windows closed because they eat my indoor plants too. I’ve tried many bug sprays and predatory bugs but the best I have found is to keep them away from the plants at all costs.

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2020-04-22 12:43 #7 by: Niklas

How about putting up a birdhouse next to the balcony or on nearby trees? Black and white flycatchers eat flying insects, thousands of them. I've been planning to build a birdhouse for them to get rid of mosquitoes and wasps around the house.

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2020-04-23 17:23 #8 by: Evelina

#7 I could try that!

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2020-05-19 15:20 #9 by: Evelina

I have so many strawberries growing now I don't know what to do with them lol. 

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2020-05-19 18:42 #10 by: Niklas

You mean the berries have started showing?

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2020-05-19 19:00 #11 by: Evelina

Yes I have eaten two!

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