Strawberry - Wild Alpine - Regina Red (Fragaria vesca) Wild Strawberry Carpathian Strawberries Heirloom Fruit
Height 6 to 8 in
Alpine strawberries, commonly called wild strawberries, Woodland, Carpathian, or European strawberry, and are very easy to grow from seed. This ever-bearing variety produces small bright red fruits that are long and thin and have a rich sweet flavour. Alpine is a perennial herbaceous plant in the rose family that grows naturally throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, and that produces edible fruits.
Unlike other strawberries, this variety, Regina, forms a clump and does not produce runners. Berry production is very good the first year and will produce all season long from summer until the first frost. Alpine strawberries are day-neutral, they flower no matter how long or short the days are, and are not affected by the amount of daylight or lack thereof.
Alpine's make great container plants, and will produce from summer until the first frost over about three seasons. Strawberry seeds benefit from vernalization - a simulation of winter in order to break dormancy. Start any time in early to late winter. After that time, they will still work, but they may not produce berries during the first season.
- Full sun to part shade
- Prefers well drained soil
- Start seeds indoors: Alpine strawberry seeds are slow to germinate, but they'll fruit in their first season if started in mid-winter; Alpine strawberry seeds are among those that require a period of cold incubation, known as stratification, to achieve germination.
- Sprinkle the seed on the surface of moist soil-less mix in a pot or in cell packs.
- Slip the pot into a plastic bag and leave it at cool room temperature (15° to 18°C) or in the fridge for 30 days; remove the bag - keep closed, and place in room temperature to acclimatize the bag over a couple of days before opening the bag. Wild strawberry seeds typically also need an additional 5 weeks to germinate and 6 to 8 weeks of further growth before hardening off and transplanting outdoors.
- Recommended to start your seeds indoors 4 months before the last frost.
- OR direct sow in early spring - plant seeds 1/8 in deep and 10 to 12 in apart, cover with soil lightly after risk of last frost has passed. Water in lightly. Keep moist but not saturated. Berry production may work but typically will be next season production if started late.
- Store unwashed berries in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Strawberries can be frozen whole for about 2 months.
- Harvest: you can grow the seeds into strawberry plants. Wait until the strawberry is starting to become very mushy - press the pulpy part through the sieve and the seeds should be left in the sieve. Rinse the seeds, dry, and store the strawberry seeds for future planting or sow.
- Seed Count: 20