The Q&A Archives: Alpine Strawberries

Question: I have tried to grow Alpine strawberries from seed for three years with no success. This year, I've ordered plants. How can I assure their success?

Answer: Fragaria vesca, your Alpine Strawberry plants, should be planted in well-draining soil in a sunny spot. Plant 6 - 12 inches apart in rows 24 inches apart. Expect production to slow during the hottest months of summer, but pick up again in late summer andearly fall. Keep the berries picked to encourage development of more blossoms and berries. If you feed, use a fertilizer low in nitrogen, such as a 5-10-10, to promote root and flower production rather than lots of green leaves. Mulch around the plants with compost or straw to help the soil retain moisture, and to keep weeds down. Alpine Strawberries are one of the sweetest berries you can grow. Enjoy!

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