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are a wild relative of the popular garden fruit. The berries are
much smaller than traditional varieties, but have an intense flavor
that makes them well worth trying. They can also be grown from
seed by the home gardener and will produce a crop the first year.
are blessed with near weed free soil, you will find it easier
to plant the seeds indoors and transplant them out into the garden
a few weeks before the last frost date in the spring. The tiny
seeds should be just pressed into the surface of the soil or barely
covered. The planting container ("six packs" work well) should
be misted frequently or placed inside a plastic bag to keep the
surface soil evenly moist until the plants start growing.
of alpine strawberries are essentially the same as regular strawberries:
fertile, well drained soil that is slightly acidic and relatively
free of weeds. A mulch is almost essential for keeping the soil
cool and moist and for preventing weeds from invading the planting
site. Straw is, of course, the classic material used for this
purpose, but other mulches are just as effective. Alpine strawberries
do not spread by runners, as many strawberries do.
It is good
to place them close at hand (near your house or by a well traveled
path) so that the small berries will be spotted and harvested.
Production is low, but the plants will keep producing the tiny
berries throughout the growing season. Alpine strawberries can
also be planted in containers with good results.
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