How to Grow Strawberries from Seeds
Grow Strawberries from Seeds
It's fairly easy to grow strawberries from seeds. Although, it's important to know that you should only try starting wild strawberries from seed. Woodland, wild, and alpine seeds are non-hybrids and will grow true to the plant. Larger hybrid varieties, such as the common garden strawberry, produce seeds that are not likely to grow into a plant that produces great tasting berries.
Types of Wild Strawberries
There are different varieties of wild strawberries. Two common types are wild or woodland strawberry, alpine strawberry, and the less common white strawberry. All wild strawberries easy to maintain and start from seed. It's important to start the seeds when the weather is still relatively cool and mild. Germination of the seeds from one week up to a month depending on conditions.
All wild varieties are everbearing and will produce 3 crops throughout the year.
Unlike the common garden strawberry that is common to grocery stores, wild strawberries are packed full of flavour and fragrance. When coming across them in nature you can often smell the berries before you see them. While garden strawberries are large, the wild ones are only a few cm in length but worth every bite.
if you live in Canada, you can purchase strawberry seeds at my online store. I also sell white soul strawberry seeds and alpine strawberry seeds; all of which are wild varieties that produce viable seeds, and delicious berries.These plants will produce berries in the first year, although in the following years the yield will be much greater. At this time I'm not able to ship the seeds outside of Canada.
If planning on growing wild strawberries you need to be in a plant hardiness zone of around 4 to 9. The plant requires a dormant season, where the temperatures will fall at least below freezing. In nature they are often found around marshes, wetlands, and stream beds. So they do well if planted with plenty of sphagnum peat moss and kept well watered. Strawberries will grow in very lowlight conditions, but like all fruit bearing plants they require full sun to at least partial sun in order to produce berries.
How to Grow Strawberries
Start the seeds indoors when the weather is still mild. The seeds will not germinate outdoors in the full heat of the summer; the best time to sow them outdoors is in late summer and early spring. I find if the weather is too hot it can slow the germination time greatly. Wild strawberry plants are very tolerant of the cold and germinate best in spring like conditions. Fill sterilized soil into pots or containers with black earth, or a mixture of black earth and peat moss. Peat moss is acidic and strawberries prefer acidic soil. Water the soil thoroughly so that it is wet but not soggy. You need to surface sow the seeds because they require sunlight in order to germinate. Sow the seeds several cm (1") apart. If sowing the seeds outdoors you will have apply a light covering of soil or peat moss - this will help protect the seed from blowing away. Sow them indoors at any time. Water the plants at least once a week.
Although wild strawberries will tolerate a lot of shade, they require at least 6 hours of full sun to produce a good harvest of berries.
Wild strawberries are ever-bearing plants and will produce three crops of berries from spring to late fall. Berries may be produced in the first year in small amounts, but by the next year the plants will be providing a full harvest of berries.