Organic Yellow-Wonder Alpine Strawberry seeds - Sweeter than red strawberries!
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This listing is for .05 gram of Yellow Wonder Alpine Strawberry seeds (approximately 200 seeds). 100% natural, organic, and non-genetically modified seed. These are our extra seeds from this season. We buy in small bulk lots, use what's needed for family, friends, and small co-ops, then sell the remainder at a substantial discount for other growers. All seed lots have been tested for viability. This variety has been trialed from several sources to ensure the selection of the best strain. 100% success in the northeast. All extra seeds are professionally packaged and labeled. Free USPS First Class shipping to the lower 48.
We are not strawberry connoisseurs but had the opportunity to taste our first Alpine's last season. A neighbor had planted a few out 2 years ago (USDA Zone 5b) and their summer crop last season was enormous, loaded with little creamy-yellow fruits! The kids are berry hogs and were in their glory and we were instantly hooked! We added the variety to our order from the same place as our neighbor had ordered.
Yellow-Wonder Alpine strawberries are considered a 'gourmet strawberry' by chefs. Their oblong/conical shape, compact size, light color, aroma, and complex flavor lend to the consideration. But Alpine's lack of the tartness found in ordinary strawberries and the extra sugary sweetness really bowl you over. Once you're past sweetness, the flavor hints of pineapple, cotton candy, berry, and rose. The flesh of Yellow-Wonder Alpine strawberries is very soft and fragile. They also go from green to overripe in a minute, so you'll probably never find these beauties in the market. Thankfully, picking them is not an art and Alpine's are easy to grow from seed; by all accounts, easier to grow than common strawberries. But the real beauty of this variety is the sizeable crop. Some will say the crop is more prolific than red strawberries. While I'll not disagree, the little plants clearly suffer less predation from birds due to their creamy-yellow color which adds to their prolific nature. I think most green fig lovers will agree. 🙂
Yellow-Wonder Alpine strawberry seeds are a bit easier to start than some others. Start the seeds indoors as early as December, and transplant outdoors one week after your last average frost date. That's around the first or second week in April. With this kind of head start, the plants will produce fruit in the first year. The seeds can also be sown later in the year, but plan on harvesting berries from the second year of growth forward. This is what our neighbor did. Yellow-Wonder Alpine strawberries are everbearing but do not sprout runners like their traditional cousins, so they're ideal for potted culture.
From our supplier:
Sow indoors in the winter. An earlier start may result in berries the first year. Start any time between December and the beginning of February. After that time, they will still work, but you will not harvest berries during the first season. Transplant out at least 3 weeks after last frost. Don't worry if you miss the early winter sowing date. Strawberry seeds will germinate at any time of the year if some simple steps are taken.
Germination is the trickiest aspect of growing strawberries. Be patient, and try the tricks below.
- Tuck your strawberry seed packet inside a sealed plastic bag or airtight container and place it in your refrigerator freezer (not deep freeze) for 3-4 weeks. When you remove the bag or container, do not break the seal until it (and its living contents) have reached room temperature. This may take several hours. Err on the side of caution. Opening the package too quickly may result in water condensing on the cold seeds, and this will reduce your chances of success.
- Once the sealed package has “thawed” to room temperature, you’re ready to plant. Sow the seeds on the surface of pre-moistened, sterilized seed starting mix in trays or small containers. Place these on a piece of felt or other thick cloth that has its end sitting in water. The idea is to wick up water from below so that the seedling medium stays constantly and evenly damp until germination.
- An alternative method is to sow strawberry seeds on the surface of moistened soil in a germination tray (or in small pots). Tuck the tray or pots inside a sealed plastic bag, and store them in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.
- Keep your seeded trays under bright fluorescent lights at a constant temperature of 65-75°F. Seedling heat mats work very well. Germination may take anywhere from 7 days to 6 weeks. Be patient. Once germination occurs, increase ventilation around your plants to prevent damping off.
- Once the seedlings develop their third true leaf, they can be gently transplanted into their own pots. Be sure to harden your seedlings off carefully and gradually before transplanting outside.
Space transplants 24″ apart in rows 36-48″ apart. Everbearing varieties tend to produce fewer runners and may produce more fruit if the runners are removed. In the first year of growth, it may be preferable to encourage runners, and let them fill in the spaces between transplants with new offspring plants.
Grow strawberries in a well-drained, sandy loam that has been generously dug with organic matter such as finished compost or well-rotted manure. Dig ¼ cup complete organic fertilizer into the soil beneath each transplant. Keep soil moist, but not soggy. A mulch of straw around plants may help prevent the soil from drying out.
These little plants respond strongly to nearby plants. Couple them with beans, borage, garlic, lettuce, onions, peas, spinach, and thyme. Avoid Brassicas and fennel.
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