tips on growing strawberries from seed?

sarahkincheloeMay 10, 2012

I bought 2 kinds of strawberry seed:

Italian Alpine Strawberry Seed

Rainbow Treasure Strawberry Seed

I know that growing strawberries in general can be a challenge in our hot climate, but my husband used to love the alpine strawberries we had in Chicago so I thought I'd give it a shot.

What time of year should I start the seeds, and any tips on how I should go about it?

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Usually its just a lot easier to buy the plants already growing, as virtually all the big box stores carry a fairly wide variety (at least three or four) of strawberries already going, usually already with fruit set.

That said, the seeds of a strawberry are very small, so you don't really "plant" them in a traditional sense. You get your soil laid out, sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil, then sprinkle a very thin layer of pre-wet peat over the top of them to hold them in place.

However, it may be too late in the year to really get them going now. My advice would be to hit a Walmart or a Home Depot with a big garden center and see if they still have any plants already going.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 12:36PM
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Places like that don't sell alpine strawberry plants, at least not around here.
I was just wondering if there's any guide on what time of year to start them. I'm guessing late winter/early spring but didn't know if you start them a year ahead or what.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 1:09PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Right now I think would be a little late but go ahead and try and see what happens. I started some seeds 2 weeks ago and they are coming up. Some are even on their second set of leaves. The packet said to plant from Feb-May

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 1:12PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I've grown Alpines long ago but can't remember much about it. You might find the video helpful and amusing.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing strawberries from seed

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 1:46PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I've grow a few strawberries from seed. Its not easy, but it does work. It takes a LONG time to get them going. I remember I would start them in January. There is probably some trick to it. I would say it ranks right up there with starting blueberries from seed.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 2:34PM
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armyofda12mnkeys(7a, Philly, PA)

I used the same setup last year for alpines as my tomatoes/pepper setup this year:
I just put many alpine seeds in a seed tray with flourescent lights right above (way closer than my pic in this thread since this pic has only peppers/tomatoes, so maybe a couple inches off the top of the tray, right above the humidity dome)
I made sure to keep theem moist and not allow tops to dry out. and removed humidity dome when they got a bit bigger

I had couple hundred alpine plants by time I was done.
I'd like to give a shout out and thank Mike from for giving me the fluorescent lights when i went to visit and pickup an order of plants from him.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 4:28PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Bad news. Of the 10 sprouts that came up and were doing good yesterday was windy and I came out this morning to find all but 2 brown and dead. I dont know if it was from heat or wind or both but the soil was not dry or too wet. So now Ive got 2 nice little sprouts. Im actually thinking about forgetting the seed thing and buying some plants.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 4:57PM
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