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It's a joy to grow these strawberries in pots and borders with its compact foliage dangling delicious fruits all summer long! These are best started indoors in the early spring.
For better luck with germination, freeze strawberry seeds for two to four weeks in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag. Then, remove the container or bag from the freezer, wait until it's reached room temperature to open, and then sow the seeds in peat pellets or seed starting mix and place the seed-starting tray in a warm, but not hot, location.
Strawberry seeds require cold stratification. What is it? Certain seeds require cold plus moisture to germinate because cold air allows gases to enter the seed, which helps them break their dormancy. Also called moist-prechilling, moist chilling, or cold-moist stratification, the typical temperature range for breaking dormancy using this method is 33–50°F, with strawberry seeds tolerating temperatures as low as 20°F. Cold stratification in a refrigerator or freezer imitates the cold of fall and winter, which helps some seeds—like strawberries—"wake up" to germinate. Please review our gardening guide on the subject to learn more about seed stratification.
Botanical Name: Fragaria vesca
Flavor: Fresh, wild strawberry taste.
Preparation Ideas: A great choice for making strawberry jam.
Plant Type: Fruit
Fill Weight (grams): 0.1
Start Alpine Strawberry seeds indoors 5-8 weeks before the last killing frost in the spring. Or, sow 2-3 seeds together outdoors every 2'. Thin to 1 plant every 8" when seedlings are a couple of inches tall.
Planting Depth: .125-.25"
Seed Spacing: Sow Alpine Strawberry seeds roughly 3" apart in rows, keeping rows approximately 8" apart.
Seeds will germinate best between 65 and 75 degrees. For better luck with germination, freeze strawberry seeds for 2-4 weeks in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag. Remove the container or bag from the freezer, wait until it's reached room temperature to open and then plant.
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