This crop grows optimally when day and night temperatures are between 18-22 °C and 10-13 °C respectively. It prefers light textured soils, since it is very sensitive to low soil drainage. Strawberries prefer slightly acidic soils with pH 5.5–6.5. Strawberry plants are extremely sensitive to salinity, chloride and boron. Yields can decrease by 33% for each EC unit increase in irrigation water salinity, above the threshold of 0.7 dS/m. The plant absorb high amounts of Potassium at a rate twice as high as Nitrogen. Special attention must be given to iron nutrition to avoid deficiencies.