Fragaria Vesca also called Wild Strawberry, Alpine strawberry, Carpathian strawberry or European strawberry is a perennial herbaceous plant in the rose family that grows naturally throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, and that produces edible fruits. The berries are edible and tasty.
Wild strawberries make an excellent choice for edging or ground cover. They can also be grown in containers or hanging baskets.
Alpine strawberry prefer full sun and will spread by runners and may self-seed if fruit is not harvested.
Wild strawberry is a great addition to any gardener.
Temperature: 60 - 75F
Average Germ Time: 14 - 30 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Very lightly cover with medium
Soil Type: Well-drained soils, pH 5.8 - 7.2
Sowing Rate: 5 - 6 seeds per plant or 500 seeds per 10 square feet
Moisture: Keep soil moist until germination - avoid washing away when spraying.
Plant Spacing: 16 inches
Laboratory experiment results suggest that cold stratification may induce more rapid germination of woods strawberry seed but provides a much smaller, perhaps negligible effect on eventual numbers of germinants. Woods strawberry seeds were planted in sterilized soil and overwintered in either a cold-frame or a heated greenhouse. Seeds overwintered in cold-frames were brought indoors after 83 days and had greater germination (45.5%) compared with seeds from the heated greenhouse (32%). Seeds in the cold frame treatment also germinated more rapidly, between 14 and 56 days, while those in the heated greenhouse required between 48 and 252 days for germination.
However, with proper handling of the very small seeds (which can easily be washed away with rough watering), 80% germination rates at 70 °F (21 °C) 1–2 weeks are easily achievable.
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