Alpine Strawberry Seeds
Alpine strawberry seeds are fairly easy to grow. This is a variety of wild strawberry that is a little more colder tolerant. They are very prolific plants and will produce berries in the first year. Alpine strawberries are everbearing and will produce berries from early June until the first frost arrives. The berries taste sweet and tangy, they grow on compact, runnerless plants. Alpine strawberries can be grown in the shade but they won’t be able to produce berries. To produce as many berries as possible and to maximize the flavour you will want to plant them in a location with full sun. To maximize berry production and to produce a sweeter berry, the plants will need at least 6 hours of sunlight each day.
Germinating Alpine Strawberry Seeds
Germination can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. The easiest way to germinate the seeds is to plant them outdoors in late fall, or 4-6 weeks before the last frost in spring. Another option to increase the germination rate is to cold stratify the seeds. Cold stratification helps break the dormancy of the seeds.
To stratify the seeds:
- Mix seeds with equals parts of moistened peat moss
- Place in a ziplock bag
- Keep in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks
- Do not allow the peat moss to dry out
- Afterwards, sow seeds in pots filled with sterilized potting soil
The key is to germinate the seeds in spring like conditions. Surface sow the seeds, as exposure to light helps stimulate germination. Keep the soil moist and do not allow it to dry out completely. Also, be sure to keep the seeds in a location with good air circulation.
A tea can be made out of the berries and leaves. There are many purported health benefits provided from it, treating ailments such as: protecting against degeneration of the eyes, arthritis and gout, high blood pressure, heart disease, improving cognitive function, treatment for diarrhea, and more.