Alpine strawberry seeds are our top selling type of strawberry seed. The scientific name of this type of strawberry is Fragaria vesca ssp vesca forma semperflorens. These non runnering, clumping types of strawberries that are day neutral. Their growth involves sending out underground stolons which increase the clump size. As the clumps expand the plant has more potential for production. Each stolon is capable of sending up a flower stalk. Thus, the more stolons the more potential flower stalks and thus more potential fruit. Day neutral means that day length does not affect that plant’s ability to flower. As long as conditions are favorable (environmental conditions like temperature and other conditions such as soil pH and fertility) the plants will rebloom.
What we call strawberry seeds are not actually seeds. They are more properly called achenes. We won’t get into saving strawberry seeds here except to mention that to maintain purity cross pollination with other selections or other diploid species should not be allowed.
To successfully germinate alpine strawberry seeds you should follow have a slightly acid media that is kep moist constantly during the germination process. The seed should not be covered and should be exposed to light because it aids germination. It can take 30 days or more for all viable seeds to germinate. Ideal germination temperatures should be in the range of 60 to 75 degrees F. To optimize germination freeze the seed for at least 4 weeks before sowing to precondition it. Seed should kept frozen for long term storage.
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Recently, I saw strawberry seeds being sold on eBay from hybrid strawberry varieties. I saw ‘Quinault’, ‘Honeoye’, ‘Albion’, ‘Ogallala’ and others. These are all hybrid strawberry varieties. Those who are selling these seeds must not have done well in science class. Hybrid strawberries don’t reproduce true to the variety from seed. Planting seeds of hybrid strawberries will result in poor or no germination or plants that may or may not resemble the parent. Part of what one will get depends on the strawberries in the area as well. Crossing can and does occur easily in nature, though not all types will cross with each other (more on that in another post).
So, don’t get caught by those selling these seeds unless you are a plant breeder and want to select that new million dollar variety – it’s a real long shot.
It may seem odd to talk about pineberries but this is related to alpine strawberry seeds. It seems that the number of questions about pineberry seed are increasing and the frequency of those questions is increasing as well. Pineberries are hybrids. Their genus is Fragaria but the species is ananassa. It is not a good idea to save seeds of hybrids unless you are a plant breeder. Seed of hybrids will NOT produce seedlings that are true to the parents. You might get a plant or two that are similar to the parents but you will have to plant perhaps thousands of seeds to get one.
I have seen sellers on online auctions selling pineberry seeds. Someone told me on Facebook today that they ordered some of these seeds. When the order arrived the seeds were market ‘White Soul’. This is a selection of Fragaria vesca, a completely different species of strawberries. They are the same genus but that’s where the comparisons end. They grow totally different and the fruit is totally different in size, taste, aroma, etc.
I have noticed online that some sellers are listing ‘White Soul’ but showing a picture of the fruit of pineberries. Buyer beware!!
We do not save pineberry seeds and we don’t recommend that anyone saves or sells them unless the seeds are going to be used by a legitimate plant breeder.