Alpine Strawberry Plants
FRUI-STRAW-1-4Regular price $25.00
Urban Bounty Alpine Strawberry plants are the perfect ground cover. This spreading variety has sweet red berries, green foliage and white flowers. They look pretty, help suppress weeds, and the tiny berries are 'grazeable' treats for everyone to enjoy.
We recommend that you plant a set of 8 Alpine Strawberries to provide good ground cover. We also sell them as part of our ground cover mixes, which include a variety of edible ground covers.
What are Alpine (Woodland, Wild) Strawberries?
Alpine Strawberries are a woodland strawberry that originates from Europe. They are small berries compared to the red store-bought versions you may be used to, but are much easier to grow. Urban Bounty Alpine Strawberry plants come in a 9.5cm pot.
Woodland strawberries are a delightful ground cover that work well in hard-to-plant spaces down the shady side of your house. It is also a joy to look at mass planted under your fruit trees, or in a stepping stone path. The perfect option for an elegant or cottage-style garden!
Culinary Uses - Alpine (Woodland) Strawberries?
The flavour of Alpine Strawberries isn't super sweet like commercial berries, but they really can add something special to cocktails, summer salads and desserts. These woodland berries go really well with juicy sweet summer stone fruit and ice cream. For a sneaky treat, sprinkle with a little sugar, gently crush and macerate them. The result is truly delicious!
Growing Conditions - Alpine (Woodland) Strawberries
Easy-care Alpine Strawberries are vigorous plants that die back over winter in colder areas but stay green in the warm upper North Island. Their fruiting peak is mid-summer but you might find yourself grazing on the berries from spring right through to autumn.
Alpine Strawberries thrive in part sun/part shade and love rich, slightly acidic and moist soil - conditions that imitate their natural woodland habitat. Companion plant them with Borage, Catnip, Caraway or Chives.
Once established, Alpine Strawberries are quite frost and wind-hardy, but with shallow root systems they dislike long periods of dry weather. A light water in summer will keep your berry plants happy and fruiting.
This plant does multiply in the right conditions, so you may need to thin your plants if you are keen to keep them in just one spot. Weeding out older plants is a good idea anyway, as fruit production tends to fall off as the strawberry plants age.
What climate do Alpine Strawberries prefer?
Alpine Strawberries are suitable for warmer and cooler climates, but will die off over winter. If you live in a cooler area, we recommend that you wait until spring to plant, and that you mulch around them over winter. This will help protect the new shoots that emerge in spring.