How to grow Alpine Strawberries
It’s rare to find Alpine strawberries in the shops as they are very soft and have a short shelf life, so it’s only home growers that get to enjoy this delicious berry. Alpine strawberries may not be large and showy like supermarket berries, however they are sweet, have a wonderful rich strawberry aroma and the plants can fruit for many months.
Yates Alpine Strawberry, also known as European, wild or woodland strawberry, is a low growing, compact, runnerless variety that produces tasty and fragrant small strawberries. They can be eaten straight from the garden, added to salads (both sweet and savoury), lightly crushed and dusted with sugar or made into jams and syrups.
Growing alpine strawberries from seed is an easy and economical way to grow lots of plants. Sow seed 3 mm deep into trays of Yates Seed Raising Mix. Seedlings will take around 2 weeks to emerge and they can be planted out into the garden or into pots when they’re large enough to handle.
Before planting out into a garden bed, enrich the soil first with some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
Yates Alpine Strawberries can be grown in either a full sun or a partly shaded spot and make a lovely (and edible!) ground cover in light shade.
To encourage healthy green plants and lots of flowers and tasty strawberries, feed plants each week with Yates Thrive® Flower & Fruit Soluble Fertiliser. It’s a complete fertiliser that’s boosted with extra fruit-encouraging potassium to help promote a great berry harvest.
Strawberry pest watch: snails and slugs love chewing into strawberries. Keep strawberries well mulched with lucerne, pea or sugar cane straw, which helps keep the berries up off the soil and lightly sprinkle Yates Blitzem® Snail & Slug Pellets around the strawberry patch to help attract and kill damaging snails and slugs.