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Fragaria vesca (Alpine strawberry)

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Plant description

fragaria vesca alpine strawberry

Alpine strawberries are herbaceous perennials, and grow in neat clumps around 30 cms high and wide. They are attractive enough to be given a place in the decorative garden as well as in the vegetable garden- as a neat border plant, as a groundcover plant and in troughs or pots. They bear dainty white flowers followed by rich red fruit that tastes like a cross between bubblegum and strawberry. There are also golden and white varieties.

Alpine strawberries differ from common garden strawberries in that they don't form runners, have smaller berries which are less moist and they flower in all seasons. Though they are called alpine strawberries, they don't need alpine conditions to grow. They will grow in subtropical areas, as well as colder areas, being cold and frost hardy. frost slows the growth, but as soon as the weather warms, they will resume growth. They do prefer a cool root run if possible. A mulch will help to keep the roots cool, and if being grown in hot areas, a part shaded position will also help.

Alpine strawberries like a moist, fertile, well drained soil. They grow in either full sun or part shade. Regular fertilising will increase fruit production and plant growth.

Propagation is by seed, which is sown in spring, or by division of larger plants.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: White
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.3 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.3 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 6-6.5

Diseases

fungal rots in wet conditions

Pests

aphids

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose.

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