My Journey of Growing Alpine Strawberry Plants from Seed

Thinking of growing alpine strawberries but not sure where to start? Find out what I learned as I attempted to grow these fruits in my north-facing garden.

Strawberries were always one of those fruits that I believed would be high-maintenance and difficult to grow. That is, until I came across someone’s small balcony garden and witnessed their amazing success in growing large, ripe strawberries in the tight space. That alone inspired my challenge to grow strawberries in my garden.

Step 1: Picking the alpine strawberry variety

Alpine strawberries were not actually on my radar until I realised the lack of full sun in my north-facing garden made it somewhat difficult to grow strawberries that are part of the summer-fruiting or perpetual varieties. After some more browsing on various plant seed websites, I ended up picking ‘Baron Von Solemacher’, a variety of alpine strawberries described as producing plenty of sweet and aromatic fruits.

Alpine strawberry seeds in the freezer

According to the seed packet description, this German alpine type strawberry variety can grow fruits that are about 25 mm in diameter. If I was lucky enough, I would be able to see fruits appearing in the first year!

Step 2: Sowing and germinating seeds

I first started with leaving the packet of seeds in the freezer for about one week. Apparently, a cold treatment helps a lot with getting alpine strawberry seeds to germinate. Two weeks was recommended but I just could not wait to get started! Once time has passed, I took the seeds out, left the packet out to warm, then sowed the seeds in a germination tray.

Alpine strawberry seed tray

I used coco coir as the growing medium for the germination tray. I read strawberry plants thrive when grown in soil with slightly acidic pH conditions. The coco coir compost I used did end up being a bit too neutral than expected when it was tested with a pH soil tester kit. It did not seem like a huge concern though so I left it be. Coco coir could work quite well due to its moisture retention property.

Alpine Strawberry Seedlings

We started to see the plants come to life about two weeks after the seeds were sowed. This was when the above photo was taken. We decided to give the plants a few more weeks to establish themselves before transplanting them to a bigger container.

Step 3: Transplanting seedlings

Step 4: Caring for alpine strawberries

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