Alpine strawberries, also known as wild strawberries or fraises des bois, are small, flavorful berries that are easy to grow in home gardens.
Choose a suitable location: alpine strawberries prefer a sunny to partially shaded location with loose, well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure to improve its texture and fertility.
Plant the strawberries: plant alpine strawberry seedlings or runners in early spring or fall, spacing them 12-18 inches apart in rows that are 2-3 feet apart. Gently press the soil around the roots and water well.
Water and fertilize: keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Water deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather. Fertilize the plants with a balanced, organic fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
Mulch: to conserve moisture and suppress weeds, apply a layer of mulch around the plants.
Prune and thin: remove any yellow or dead leaves and cut back the runners to encourage bushier growth. Thin out overcrowded plants as needed to maintain good air circulation.
Harvest: alpine strawberries are ready to harvest when they turn red and are slightly soft to the touch. Pick them regularly to encourage more fruiting.
Where to find alpine strawberries
We called around to all the local nurseries and only Holly Acres in Elizabeth had some (a couple plants only are left). But you can order them from Amazon! Here's the link.
With proper care, your alpine strawberries should produce a bountiful crop of sweet, juicy berries for years to come.