A journal of my home vegetable garden. Skippy thinks it's his garden, but I've been gardening here for 20 years. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6). I have a big community garden plot and a small plot in my yard. I try to grow all of my family's vegetables using sustainable organic methods.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

alpine strawberries

strawberry strawberry flower
A couple of years ago I planted this little alpine strawberry along my stone walkway. It has little white flowers and small deep red strawberries all year. It doesn't send out runners and is slowly growing into a nice little clump. Its a nice care-free edging plant with the added benefit of sweet little berries to snack on.

alpine strawberries (Fraises des bois)

9 Comments:

Anonymous Patrick said...

Will you send me some seeds?

I have a white Alpine strawberry, and I was planning to do a post about it too!

A few years ago I ordered seeds for both the red and white ones over the Internet, but only the seeds for the white plants germinated.

You can save seeds from it by putting 4-5 berries in a soup bowl half full of water. Gently squish the berries with your fingers, until they fall apart in the water. Alternate pouring off the extra water with adding a little more, until you have rinsed away as much of the remaining berries as possible while leaving the seeds on the bottom of the bowl. It's okay if a little pith is left over. Put the seeds on a coffee filter to dry.

If you try to grow them yourself, they will need cold treatment to germinate. An easy way to do this is put them in the freezer for a month or so.

June 13, 2007 2:53 PM

 
Blogger Organic City Garden said...

I just wanted to post to say how much I have enjoyed reading your blog this year. We have dedicated some of our garden to vegetable growing this year and blogs like yours have really helped to show us what is possible in a small space.

Skippy is of course the star of the show!

June 14, 2007 4:43 AM

 
Blogger Ki said...

I bet those strawberries taste great compared to the store bought varieties. I read in an old Smithsonian magazine that they were trying to bring back the musk strawberry, Fragaria moschata supposedly the most aromatic of all strawberries. They compared it favorably to the wild alpine strawberry but it is larger in size. Seems like a great plant to grow alongside your alpine strawberries.

http://www.smithsonianmagazine.com/
issues/2006/july/strawberry.php

June 14, 2007 8:49 AM

 
Blogger carletongardener said...

I waited to long to pick the nice red berries in the photo and the squirrel got them I guess. I will be quicker next time! I notice the original single little plant I had is now two good sized clumps.

June 14, 2007 9:14 AM

 
Blogger carletongardener said...

Patrick: I'm collecting some seeds now. If you send me your address to carletongardener@aol.com I'll mail you some seeds.

Are the berries from your plant white? Even after ripening?

June 14, 2007 9:16 AM

 
Anonymous Patrick said...

Yes, the berries stay white after they are ripe, but taste like normal strawberries.

Here is a post about them:

http://www.root-cause.net/?p=10

Thanks for the seeds!

June 14, 2007 11:21 AM

 
Blogger Parsec said...

Alpine strawberries are my favorite type of berry. When they are truly ripe and not stressed, they have the most incredible flavor.

December 08, 2008 12:50 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just gone through my second attempt at growing alpine whites from seeds. I'm getting discouraged because I don't want to have to resort to buying expensive plants but may have to do that. Just thought I'd put my experience with the strawberries out here. Enjoyed the blog.

April 21, 2009 10:38 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To continue with my previous email: So if anyone has plants I can purchase or more seeds, please let me know at schares90@yahoo.com, with subject line of alpine strawberries. Thanks.

April 21, 2009 10:41 AM

 

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