Compact alpine variety that produces from spring through the fall
French delicacy. This improved variety of easy to grow, compact perennial Alpine strawberry plants with dainty leaves produces sweet pointed fruits to savor all summer. These special berries are lovely as a border edging of in containers, or plant them in hanging pots so you can pluck their exquisite little fruits as you stroll past. Easy to grow from seed.Rosaceae Fragaria vesca
The sweetly flavored fruits of alpine strawberries (Fragaria vesca) are a Continental delicacy and the plants are as attractive as the berries are delicious. The dainty, pointed berries boast an ambrosial woodland flavor that is a combination of strawberry, pineapple, and rose. Alpine strawberry plants are well behaved in the garden and are remarkably easy to grow.
These comely perennial plants are cultivated strains of wild or woodland strawberries and reportedly were transplanted into European gardens as early as the 12th century. Plants develop gracefully rounded mounds of evergreen foliage and yield modest summer-long harvests of delicate three-quarter-inch fruit.
Unlike other types of Strawberries, Alpine Strawberries are easily started from seed.
- Ease of Growing
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- Growing Habit
Strawberries are hardy during the Winter and can withstand frost. It is important to plant your berries in a place that is sheltered from Spring frosts, as strawberries become very tender once they blossom.
- Spring Transplant, Fall Transplant
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot
Strawberries love sunshine. They will tolerate moderate shade, but they produce significantly better when they are planted in an area that receives full daytime sun. Plants will tolerate frost, but should be protected before.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 55°F - 85°F
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- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool, Warm, Hot)
Strawberries must have full sun (at least 6 hours daily) for maximum productivity and best flavor. They will tolerate some shade, but productivity will suffer.
Strawberries must have a steady supply of water at all times, but especially during flowering and fruiting. Water is also very important in fall when next year's flower buds are developing. If they are dry at this time it can affect the following year's crop.
The plants should receive at least 1" of water per week, though of course the exact quantity needed will depend upon the growing conditions. Drip irrigation works best as it keeps leaves and fruit dry, which reduces the potential for serious fungus and disease problems.
Strawberries are fairly hungry plants and should be given plenty of nutrients (especially phosphorus and potassium) for maximum fruit production.
- Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost, Needs summer shade
- Small Gardens?
Strawberries are an excellent candidate for container growing, and will thrive in almost any size container so long as it drains well. Fill the container with a good, loamy potting mix and add fertilizer as necessary. Plant the strawberries so that the root is fully covered and the crown is just above the soil line.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
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- Disease Resistance
- Fungal Disease
- Taste Profile
High-quality, very sweet berries.