Both varieties of strawberries which were selected with ABZ Seeds showed good Brix values. The big surprise, however, came when we found out that one specific light recipe enabled us to achieve 20% higher Brix values on average compared to the other light recipes. This underlines the powerful impact that customized light recipes can have on growing crops and in providing a competitive advantage for a vertical farm or city farm enterprise.
Follow-up experiments are aimed at seeing if we can push the boundaries further. Current productivity levels with strawberry plants grown from seed are almost at a viable business case level. We expect that when we start off with mature runners we can improve productivity while maintaining a high quality fruit. In the future, this should enable us to produce summer sweet strawberries all year round, without daylight! Locally grown, fresh strawberries for Christmas? This reality is not that far away!
Did you know by the way that the taste of other crops like tomatoes can also be influenced by the right light recipe. Read more about the tasty tomato crops grown by APS in the UK. As Phil Pearson tells us, ‘The phenomenal tomatoes grown in the winter taste like mid-summer ones.’