Fragaria virginiana (Wild Strawberry) [20 Seeds]
Germination Information: Wild strawberry has a reputation of being challenging from seed, so honestly, it is MUCH easier to get it going from started plants. It’s hard to find plants for sale, though, so if you want to grow this charming native, the seed could be worth a try. Fresh seed apparently gives to best possibility of success (I harvested and cleaned these in June 2021; since then, they have been dry-stored in my refrigerator).
The best approach is to surface-sow these tiny seeds in a pot as soon as you get them, setting it outdoors in a spot protected from mice and keeping it moist. If all goes well, look for seedlings next spring.
If you want to try to speed things along, you could instead set the pot in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for about 2 months before moving it to a warm, bright place indoors for germination.
I’ve read that these seeds might sprout if you start them directly in warm, moist conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within a few weeks, figure that they will need a natural or artificial cold period.
Note that this information will not be on the seed packet you receive.
Please read the description as well before ordering.
Wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) offers multi-season features: rosettes of trifoliate, green leaves that turn red in fall, plus white flowers in mid- to late spring and small but tasty red fruits in late spring to early summer. (Note that wild critters love the fruits too, so if you want to harvest some, you’ll have to check the plants frequently!) The height is generally around 6 inches; the spread is indefinite, as the plants produce surface runners that produce new plants, which then send out their own runners. Here at Hayefield, wild strawberry grows among grasses and wildflowers in my naturalistic borders and meadow areas. On its own, it can create a good-looking groundcover. Native to many parts of North America. These seeds are from wild plants in my meadows in Bucks County, PA. Full sun to partial shade. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.
Harvested in June 2021. At least 20 seeds.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.
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