The wood alpine strawberry produces masses of dainty, sweet tasting berries from July to September. The small fruits have a delicate flavour with an almond undertone making them perfect for decorating pastries and cakes or dropping into a glass of champagne! Strawberry 'Mignonette' is ideal for growing in hanging baskets and containers. Height: 20cm (8"). Spread: 30cm (12").
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Sow alpine strawberry seeds from late winter to early spring at 21C (68F) on the surface of a good quality seed compost. Keep the soil damp but not wet and do not exclude light as this helps germination. Place in a propagator or seal the seed tray inside a polythene bag until after germination, which usually takes 14-30 days. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors.
When strawberry plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days before planting outdoors in their final positions. Grow strawberries in sun or semi shade in fertile, moist, well drained soil at a distance of 15cm (6") apart.
Alternatively direct sow outdoors in mid spring into a well drained soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Thin the seedlings to a distance of 15cm (6in) apart.
Water strawberries frequently throughout the growing season and weed regularly between rows. When growing strawberry plants in baskets and containers, they will also need feeding every two weeks.
From early summer, remove any runners that are produced as these will weaken the plants vigour. Protect the developing fruit from slugs and snails by spreading straw around each plant. Positioning a net over the plants will also prevent crop damage by birds. The netting and straw can be removed after cropping to allow better air flow around the crown of the plant. Mulch strawberry plants with well rotted manure in spring.
Although strawberry plants will continue to fruit in successive years, the crop will become considerably reduced and it is advisable to completely replace strawberry plants every 3 years.
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