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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Dec 22, 2015 2:05 PM CST
Found this monster strawberry at the grocery store, weird shaped too. The seeds still look reddish instead of brown. Do I keep it on a windowsill to ripen, and how do I seperate the tiny seeds from the skin without a huge mess?
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 22, 2015 2:45 PM CST
Keith, if you can find a strawberry with light beige to golden brown seeds that are standing out from the skin of the berry, those seeds might be viable.

The one in your picture, I think was picked too early for the seeds to have matured. Leaving it on the windowsill won't really "ripen" the fruit much more than it already is, because it needs to stay attached to the plant to gain more sugar from the leaves and to help mature the seeds, too. Better eat it up!

I did it once (inadvertently) years ago with a strawberry that was hidden on a plant in my garden. By the time I found it the berry was drying out but the seeds were roughly 4 times the size of those on your strawberry, and as I said, sort of a golden brown color. I was able to scrape them off the berry quite easily, and they did germinate for me.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Dec 22, 2015 4:07 PM CST
One thing to remember is that the strawberries sold at the grocery stores may be hybrids and the seeds will either not be viable or will not produce the same type of plant/fruit. Better to buy heirloom strawberry seeds, saving seeds from your own plants after that. Thumbs up
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Dec 22, 2015 5:40 PM CST
greene said:One thing to remember is that the strawberries sold at the grocery stores may be hybrids and the seeds will either not be viable or will not produce the same type of plant/fruit. Better to buy heirloom strawberry seeds, saving seeds from your own plants after that. Thumbs up


If you know me, I love hybrids and freaky plants, I'm all about experimenting 😄
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greene
Dec 22, 2015 5:53 PM CST
Yep, I know. Wouldn't it be nice if you could start with two different heirloom strawberries and create your own hybrid? Thumbs up
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keithp2012
Apr 20, 2016 10:21 PM CST
Guess what, the seeds were ripe and all sprouted! I have lots of seedlings from this special strawberry!
Name: Greene
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greene
Apr 21, 2016 9:44 AM CST
Photos?
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woofie
Apr 21, 2016 10:06 AM CST
Oh, how fun! Yes, photos, please! Smiling
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greene
Apr 21, 2016 10:07 AM CST
Yes, please take photos to document the seeds as they sprout, as they grow, as they flower and as they make fruit. Thumbs up
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Apr 21, 2016 10:14 AM CST
Glad they germinated. I was going to suggest feeding the strawberry to a bird. Then you would have little strawberry plants all over your yard.

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Apr 21, 2016 6:11 PM CST
A bit blurry but here you go!
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