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ITALIAN ALPINE

ITALIAN ALPINE

SEED

$3.95
$3.95

Product Description:

This Italian everbearing strawberry produces aromatic, delightful, miniature berries the size of the tip of your little finger. The plant's compact growth habit produces few runners, making it an excellent edible ornamental for rock gardens, pots, and footpaths. Like wild strawberries, these deep red berries are more flavorful than their full-sized cousins. Approximately 300-325 seeds per gram, about 8400-9100 seeds per ounce.
Soil Temp for Germ 65–75°F
Seed Depth Press into soil lightly
Days to Emergence 2–6 wks
Plant Spacing 8–12"
Fertilizer Needs Medium
Minimum Germination 60%
Seeds per Gram Listed per variety
Seed Life 2 years

Fragaria vesca

Culture
• Strawberries require fertile, well-drained soil, high in organic matter, with an optimum soil pH of 5.5-6.5
• Prepare beds by deeply digging in a 1 inch layer of compost and 5 pounds of bone meal for 100 square feet
• Plant in raised beds, and cover with plastic or straw mulch to prevent fruit contact with soil, which can cause rot
• Keep beds evenly moist, use drip irrigation if possible, avoid wetting fruit; plants need 1-1 1/2 inches of water per week during the growing season
• Pinch off runners to keep plants productive
• June bearing: Produce berries over a 2-3 week period in early summer
• Everbearing: Produce berries consistently from late spring through fall

Direct Sowing
• Direct seed outside as soon as the soil warms

Transplanting
• Sow indoors 2 months before last frost date
• Strawberry seeds need light to germinate
• Keep moist with a mister
• Up-pot at 3-4 weeks and transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed

Insects & Diseases
• Common pests: Root weevils, aphids, and slugs
• Pest control: Neem oil or Pyrethrin, and baits or traps for slugs
• Common diseases: Mold, mildew, root rot and verticilium wilt
• Disease control: Rotate every 3-4 years with new plants, Greencure®



Strawberry Plants

Fragaria x ananassa

Culture
• Strawberries require fertile, well-drained soil, high in organic matter, with an optimum soil pH of 5.5-6.5
• Prepare beds by deeply digging in a 1 inch layer of compost and 5 pounds of bone meal for 100 square feet
• Plant in raised beds, and cover with plastic or straw mulch to prevent fruit contact with soil, which can cause rot
• Keep beds evenly moist, use drip irrigation if possible, avoid wetting fruit; plants need 1-1 1/2 inches of water per week during the growing season
• Plant 12-15 inches apart in all directions
• Pinch off runners to keep plants productive
• June bearing: Produce berries over a 2-3 week period in early summer
• Everbearing: Produce berries consistently from late spring through fall

Planting
• Plant in 4 inch pots and hold for a few weeks if soil is not ready when you receive plants
• Dig in 1/4 cup complete fertilizer per plant
• Pinch off blossoms of everbearing varieties until July 1st of the first year
• Pinch off blossoms of June bearing varieties the entire first year

Insects & Diseases
• Common pests: Root weevils, aphids, and slugs
• Pest control: Neem oil or Pyrethrin, and baits or traps for slugs
• Common diseases: Mold, mildew, root rot and verticilium wilt
• Disease control: Rotate every 3-4 years with new plants, Greencure®

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