Alpine and Wild Strawberry description:
Wild strawberries and Alpine strawberries are two names for the same same plant.
They produce bold green leaves with quite attractive white flowers in summer with little red strawberries.
Good for a front of a border, or for filling spaces in a semi shady spot.
Most do not send out runners.
They never make a huge harvest, but the children love to find the strawberries and eat them! They can never compete directly with commercial strawberries, but they are sweet in their own way, and well worth growing a few plants.
If you don’t remember to pick them, they give off a lovely, strong strawberry fragrance. Okay, this is no stunner, but in a border with other plants it does reward you with a good display of white flowers in the summer.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for the middle of a border, Cottage Garden, in a wild flower bed, near the patio, or in a herb garden, and is easy provided there are no Vine Weevil in your garden (see ‘Care and maintenance’ below).
Botanical name: Fragaria vesca
Alpine and Wild Strawberry culinary uses:
Good flavoured berries.
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a small gap.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable, well-drained soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
It is susceptible to Vine Weevil which lay their eggs by the plant and these develop into white, banana shaped grubs that chomp the roots. Biological control is pretty good at controlling it.
Size of plant:
Height 30 cm.
Spread 30 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 10 plant per square metre.
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