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.