Uncommon & Unusual Heritage Alpine Strawberry Plants.
Why grow just the few types you can find in big box stores? The flavor of these strawberries are nothing like you have tried before! While growing from seed can be challenging, established plants are easy to maintain, for years of berries.
Red, White, Yellow and beyond!
Sometimes the best berries are the smallest. You won’t see these in stores, as they are delicate. We grow alpine heritage plants – which are cold tolerant, disease resistant and most don’t produce runners (they grow in clumps, that are easy to pick). White and yellow varieties tend to be more resistant to pests, as they don’t see them.
Varieties we are growing for 2019:
(Fragaria vesca) Deep scarlet, egg-shaped fruits weigh two to three grams each. Everbearing. A very productive alpine sort, sweet and flavorful.
Ali Baba’ is a cultivar widely sold in Western Europe. The texture of the fruit is referred to a “rustic”. Very productive, crimson red fruit with true alpine strawberry flavor and aroma.
(Fragaria vesca) It’s an alpine strawberry that makes runners (which is unusual for alpines) Ever-bearing type yielding fruit on mother plant and runners in as little as 4 months from sowing. The ability to increase and rejuvenate a planting from runners is a great advantage, and the potential multiplication is very quick. Aromatic fruit is small but very sweet. Great for baskets.
Baron Von Solemacher:
Antique German variety. Berries are large for an alpine berry. They work well in hanging baskets, filling it out nicely. Produces heavily. Berries are vivid red, with a a creamy ivory interior. Very sweet. No runners.
Deesse des Vallees:
‘Déesse des Vallées’ in French means “Goddess of the Valleys”. It is the same as the Italian Dea delle Valli. This is an improved ‘Reine des Vallees’. The fruit is said to be more “rustic” than Reine des Vallees. Fruit size of Deesse tends to be a little larger than Reine.
The perfect patio strawberry, looks amazing in mixed plantings. The high contrast of gilded foliage against scarlet red berries makes this regal alpine type strawberry a superb edible ornamental. The golden foliage looks excellent planted in the border, especially against traditional forest green alpine varieties. These tidy plants are a uniform size, and don’t produce runners. A heavy producer of super sweet fruit. Everbearing variety, often fruits in the first year, hardy from zones 5-10 and reseeds easily.
Fragaria vesca ‘Ivory’ is a white fruiting alpine type that doesn’t produce runners. The variety seems to be productive, though we have not had it in our productivity trials to date. Like many of the white and yellow fruiting alpines the fruit has a hint of pineapple flavor.
Fragaria vesca ‘Mignonette’ is the tastiest red alpine variety in our opinion. It is not as productive as some other reds like ‘Reine des Vallees’ but the 1″ long conical shaped fruit has an aroma and taste unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. We have found that this selection may not be as hardy as some of the other selections, mulch well for winter in colder zones.
(Fragaria vesca) This variety was selected to produce elongated, red fruit that is sweet and aromatic. Perfect for growing in flower gardens and containers as the plants, flowers and berries are ornamental. So delicious the fruit won’t last long!
Tiny, dense alpine strawberries. The berries are about the size of a pinkie nail, but are intense in flavor. Produces throughout a long season, from Spring through Fall, but will taper off in the heat of summer. No runners. Work well in hanging baskets or containers.
Reine des Vallees:
Fragaria vesca ‘Reine des Vallees’ is from Europe. Its name in French means “Queen of the Valleys”. Its name in Italian is Regina delle Valli.
Whatever the name, this cultivar is the standard in Europe for alpine strawberries. The major fruit exporting growers in Europe grow this variety exclusively.
Reine des Vallees is a clumping type (produces few to no runners) and is day neutral which means that flowering is not dependent on day length. It is very productive and produces scarlet red fruit with the distinctive wild strawberry flavor and aroma that is expected from fraises des bois.
Ruegen is an heirloom cultivar. Several cultivars on the market today have been selected from Ruegen. Hardy to zone 4, in our colder zones be sure to mulch in winter or bring in.
This British variety bears extra large, super scrumptious berries in abundance. This compact plant will produce berries in the first year from seed. Fruit is much larger than alpine varieties. These tidy plants are perfect in beds and containers; they do not readily set runners and remain tame, not prone to taking over the garden. Berries are more firm than alpine varieties; the flavor however, is much better than other large, commercial varieties.
Tresca is a super early strawberry variety from Poland that can be planted from seed and harvested in the first year! Fruit is picture perfect; shining bright red and bursting with flavor. This is not a particularly aggressive variety, so you do not need to worry about the plant sending runners to the far reaches of your garden; an excellent choice for containers. Said to be naturally disease resistant.
Fragaria vesca ‘White Solemacher’ is a white fruiting alpine strawberry cultivar that has been around for many years. It was discovered in Germany. The fruit is among the largest white fruit produced by alpines. It is a clumping type (few to no runners) and is day neutral which means it is not dependent on day length for flowering.
The white fruit has the distinctive wild strawberry flavor and aroma expected from fraises des bois. The fruit has a hint of pineapple flavor typical of white alpine fruit.
(Fregaria vesca) An improved form of species Alpine Strawberry, White Soul reaches only to about 6 inches in height, with a dense bush (no runners). Yields small white to cream-colored, aromatic fruits over a very long season. Some berries can be thumb size. It blooms and produces from mid-Spring into Mid to Late Fall, depending on where you live. In the heat of Summer, it will slow or stop berry production.
A dense, upright alpine strawberry. No runners, but does seem to self seed easily. Does well in containers and hanging baskets, topping out at 8″ to a foot high. Produces a long season, from Spring to Mid-Fall, depending on where you live. Produces in the heat of summer, but will slow down.
We start each year’s plants from seed in winter, in our greenhouse. See here to learn how we grow them.
Plants are typically available by Mother’s Day weekend, if not earlier. These are considered “First Year Plants” and come in a gallon nursery pot. They will produce berries usually in late summer that year to first frost. “Second Year Plants” are plants we have overwintered to be hardy. They will produce berries in spring to summer, then take a few weeks off in the heat, They then produce late summer to first frost.
First Year Plants: $7.00
Second Year Plants: $10.00 (And up, as we sometimes offer specialty hanging baskets)
See you in Spring 2019 for the entire lineup!