2 years to reach maturity
Fruit is ready for harvesting 4–6 weeks after flowering. Harvest only fully red berries, and cut by the stem every three days, don't pull the berry. Harvest can last up to 3 months.
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Alpine Strawberry Overview
Fragaria vesca is a spreading perennial plant from the Rosaceae family. It produces sharply toothed leaves in groups of 3, they are bright green in colour. Commonly known by the names Alpine Strawberry, Wild Strawberry and Woodland Strawberry. Flowers appear in spring, they are white in colour and lead onto edible red fruits measuring up to 1cm in length, called Strawberries. Alpine Strawberry also produces stolons, these are horizontal stems above the ground that can root and form new plants.
Common problems with Alpine Strawberry
Wild Strawberries can also may suffer from Japanese beetles.
How to propagate Alpine Strawberry
Push a new little plant into the soil, covering a portion of it. Leave attached for a month min. and water regularly with the mother plant to keep it moist and encourage root growth. Then cut to remove from the mother.
Sow 3 seeds in each hole, 6mm deep and 15-30 cm apart. Gently press the soil over the seed. Use plastic wrap to cover the top of the planter to keep the soil moist. Remove the plastic when they sprout.
Special features of Alpine Strawberry
Small and tasty red fruit.
You can grow strawberries year-round in a cold climate in a container because they have shallow roots and can easily be moved indoors and outdoors during the different seasons.
Suits being grown as ground cover on slopes and banks under taller shrubs.
Other uses of Alpine Strawberry
Fruits are eaten either fresh or in prepared foods like preserves, juice, jam, ice creams, milkshakes, etc.