Congrats, you just ordered or received your Strawberries!
Do NOT store Strawberries upon arrival! Unlike other yCubes, which start from seed, these Strawberries are bare root plants. They will arrive as dormant plants with roots & potentially a few leaves pre-grown for a shorter time to first harvest. While they may not look like much upon arrival, within a few days of being prepped and placed on your Gardyn, your Strawberries will bounce back to life and begin growing new, green leaves.
As soon as you have them, follow these quick and easy steps so you can plant your Strawberries on your Gardyn right away!
Note: You cannot germinate new yCubes and plant Strawberries on the same Gardyn, as the plant food needed for the Strawberries will harm young sprouts and prevent other yCubes from germinating.
Strawberries upon arrival
Step 1: Trim the roots to ~2 inches long
Each Strawberry plant ranges in root mass size upon arrival. Trimming the roots down to around 2 inches helps your Strawberry fit properly in its yPod, and it creates space for new root growth.
Step 2: Rinse the Trimmed Roots
Rinse away any excess dirt and sand on the roots so these particles don't enter your Gardyn and cause unwanted build-up. While the sandy blend prevents your Strawberries from molding or rotting during shipping, the plant no longer needs this material on your Gardyn.
As you rinse the roots, don’t worry if the rockwool, base of the plant, or leaves get wet. Just be careful not to oversaturate them! You can rinse using your sink, or a shallow bowl with water.
Step 3: Trim away any brown, black, or yellow leaves, if present.
Not all Strawberries come with leaves already grown, or leaves fully open - both scenarios are normal!
Step 4: Plant Your Bare Root Strawberries on your Gardyn!
Strawberries do best in the center (maximum light intensity zone) of your Gardyn, but can grow in moderate light intensity zones as well. Pop them in and watch them grow!
There's no need to further thin your Strawberries, as each yCube arrives with only 1 live plant.
Within two weeks, you should see your Strawberries’ foliage spread out and new, white roots growing.
Master Gardyner Tip:
Set your Strawberries up for success by refreshing your tank when you plant them! Strawberries thrive in fresh water and balanced nutrients.
To learn how to care for your Strawberries once they’re on your Gardyn, check out our Strawberry Care Guide!
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