Mid-South Gardening forum: Alpine strawberries

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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Jan 16, 2015 8:20 AM CST
I'm looking for alpine strawberry plants, does anyone grow them? I wish to buy or trade something for a start of white, red & yellow fruited alpine strawberries. Thanks!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Mar 1, 2015 8:28 AM CST
Still looking for starts ok red, yellow and red alpine strawberries for my garden for these Gbabies. The nursery that I found in January that listed them was already out then????? Imagine that in Jan?? Still out. Will buy or trade something. Thx.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Mar 1, 2015 7:36 PM CST
Hi guys. Just ordered these seeds to black alpine strawberries out of Hawaii. Anyone out there grow these???
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The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Jan 2, 2016 7:47 AM CST
Well, I planted those seeds last spring and out of the 50 I was supposed to have, I got up two tiny seedlings. One died promptly and one developed 4 leaves and even with heavy pampering, alas it also just withered and died. I have no idea what happened except it was very delicate to begin with. I was deeply disappointed. I wanted so bad to get these started, but I don't think I am very good at starting strawberry seed. Anyone out there growing these black strawberry plants?? I'd love to hear from you.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
central Arkansas - zone 8a/7b (Zone 7b)
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Myles
Feb 4, 2016 8:25 AM CST
I am growing Alpine strawberries for the first time this year. I'd never seen a plant nor tasted a berry but I wanted something fun to grow that might provide a taste or two while out in the garden. I think they would be perfect plants to grow for little grandchildren.

I purchased my seed from [url=www.sampleseeds.com]www.sampleseeds.com[/url] ... sprinkled abt 25 seeds onto a pot of dampened ProMix BX, spritzed the top to dampen the tiny seed, placed a clear plastic cover over the pot to help maintain moisture and set the pot under grow lights. I did this on Jan 1 and today I have approx 25 tiny plants growing in individual pots. This is my only experience with this type of seed so I don't know if this is unusual or lucky. Just checked my notes and the first 2 seed germinated on Jan 8 and by Jan 20, most seed had germinated. The seed are so tiny, I would not try to cover them with potting mix; just let them fall onto the surface and keep the moisture level up so the potting mix doesn't dry out.

The variety I'm growing is Alpine Strawberry ‘Rugen Improved‘. It is listed as a French variety. I think Remy carries another variety listed as a German Alpine Strawberry.

I do a lot of winter sowing and I think these plants would do well with this method of seed germination. However, Remy at Sample Seeds said if the seed is started early enough in the season, some of the little plants could produce berries the first year so I wanted to get an early start. Hilarious! As soon as the little plants get a bit of growth on them, I'll move them out to the greenhouse to begin hardening off before planting out in late spring.

I am in central Arkansas and I see you are just one state over so our growing conditions are probably much the same.

Alpine Strawberry ‘Rugen Improved‘ seedling at abt 3 wks, growing in a 3 inch starter pot


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central Arkansas - zone 8a/7b (Zone 7b)
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Myles
Feb 10, 2016 2:12 PM CST
To help others who might be considering growing this type of plant, to show the rate of growth, here's a new photo of the little Alpine Strawberry ‘Rugen Improved' seedling at five weeks:


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Myles
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Feb 13, 2016 3:59 PM CST
You did great! I am pea green with envy, but so proud for you!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill

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