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Re: wild strawberries

Post  martha on 6/9/2010, 11:55 am

I suspect what you have might be an ornamental strawberry. They have pink flowers, they have a few strawberries that are tasteless, and I am in the process of researching if they are actually invasive or merely, ahem, "vigorous". (I am getting conflicting info so far in my web searches.)

And, Megan, so far my yellow alpines are still seeming hardier than my red ones.
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Post  Megan on 6/9/2010, 6:36 pm

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And, Megan, so far my yellow alpines are still seeming hardier than my red ones.[/quote]

Are you growing both the red and yellow from seed, martha? I am only doing the yellow from seed; I was given a mature red strawberry plant. You may win that penny yet!
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Post  martha on 6/9/2010, 7:08 pm

I am doing both, but my red ones were started in March. I have two plants barely growing their fourth set of leaves, and still smaller than a pencil eraser. My yellow ones, started in late April, resulted in about 13 seedlings, and they are significantly bigger than the red ones.
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Post  Megan on 6/9/2010, 7:10 pm

martha wrote:I am doing both, but my red ones were started in March. I have two plants barely growing their fourth set of leaves, and still smaller than a pencil eraser. My yellow ones, started in late April, resulted in about 13 seedlings, and they are significantly bigger than the red ones.

I lost a number of my yellow ones; I think I have about 5-6 left. They are pretty tiny still, the leaves are probably small pencil eraser sized.
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Re: wild strawberries

Post  martha on 6/9/2010, 10:12 pm

Didn't someone on this thread say growing them is easy?
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Post  Megan on 6/9/2010, 10:16 pm

martha wrote:Didn't someone on this thread say growing them is easy?

My seed packet says they are easy to grow. I guess they need to better define "grow"!
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Re: wild strawberries

Post  martha on 6/9/2010, 10:22 pm

But if we succeed, won't we feel clever!
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Post  Megan on 6/9/2010, 10:27 pm

Absolutely! Smile
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Post  Jola on 6/9/2010, 10:34 pm

It was I who said they are easy to grow. I think that the secret of successful growing might be in the soil. I used regular growing mixture, without fertilizer of course, by Miracle Grow. They must grow in the original soil until they are big enough to safely transplant. Another method would be to put seeds directly in the soil outside. When I grew alpine strawberries seeds in vermiculite they stayed tiny and eventually died before they got bigger.
I strongly suggest sowing them at this time of a year directly outside.
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Post  Megan on 6/9/2010, 10:46 pm

I sowed mine directly, in Mel's mix.
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Post  Jola on 6/9/2010, 11:09 pm

Hmm, try to sow in poorer, regular soil. I never tried to sow them in Mel's mix, so I don't know what might happen - obviously it didn't work.
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Hey Martha!

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