Tennessee Gardening forum: Alpine strawberries

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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Jan 16, 2015 8:21 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
Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee
brandon7
Feb 15, 2015 10:56 PM CST
Hey Donna, I grow a few different types of alpine strawberries, but don't have enough to divide right now. The voles have been pretty hard on my clumps in the last few years, and I'm just lucky to still have at least some of most of my cultivars left.

I grew mine from seed (pretty easily) from Fraises Des Bois (buy seeds from them at http://www.strawberryseedstore.com). Be sure to get some 'Pineapple Crush'. That has been my favorite.
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Feb 20, 2015 6:28 PM CST
Thank you Brandon, I will check this out. I had wondered about the pineapple variety! Is there nothing that can be done about voles? How do they differ from moles?? I know if you put out stuff on top of the ground to kill off the grubs in your soil, most of the moles will go elsewhere, as it seems they feed off grubs in the soil.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: wayne
memphis (Zone 7b)
Keeper of Poultry Region: Tennessee
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wayne
Feb 21, 2015 10:37 AM CST
donnabking said:Thank you Brandon, I will check this out. I had wondered about the pineapple variety! Is there nothing that can be done about voles? How do they differ from moles?? I know if you put out stuff on top of the ground to kill off the grubs in your soil, most of the moles will go elsewhere, as it seems they feed off grubs in the soil.


I like what Mike McGrath has to say on moles/voles.

http://www.gardensalive.com/product/advice-for-dealing-with-...
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Feb 23, 2015 7:51 PM CST
I have found seed to black alpine strawberries on eBay and thinking of ordering some. Anyone out there growing the black strawberries? If so, are they good? Are they really black? Are there any drawbacks to these plants??
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
Feb 23, 2015 7:54 PM CST
I also have found some alpine strawberry plants offered on eBay. Anyone ever bought any strawberry plants off eBay??? I'm wondering if they are ok??? None of the sources I have found have them.
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 7:59 PM CST
Just bought seed to black alpine strawberries out of Hawaii. Anyone out there grow these? Feedback plez?
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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
Mar 15, 2015 8:01 AM CST
Ok Brandon, I need help! I've never grown strawberries from seed before, so I have NO idea how! Please help me! I just got them in, so I put them in the freezer for a couple of weeks. Seems I think I read SOMEWHERE I should do that??
Then how do I proceed? They are so tiny! Help! Confused
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: wayne
memphis (Zone 7b)
Keeper of Poultry Region: Tennessee
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wayne
Mar 15, 2015 1:06 PM CST
Donna the only way I've seen it work is using a wet paper towel under some sort of cover to keep the humidity up.

Actually here's a good video on germinating strawberries:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiXXrN6jSGM
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Mar 15, 2015 3:53 PM CST
Thank you Wayne! I will check this out! Thank You!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill

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