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  Strawberry: Alexandria Alpine (40 seeds)
Heirloom Alexandria Alpine Heirloom Strawberry Seeds | Grow Alexandria Alpine Strawberries


 
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The sweet delicious fruit on this variety is produced the first year if started early enough in the spring. It is bright red, juicy, fragrant and 1” long.

Finding an heirloom strawberry plant that can be grown from seed is quite difficult. Germination may be as low as 65%. With the proper care, however, the 'fruit' of your labor will be quite rewarding!

Detailed planting instructions:

Strawberries require a loose, loamy, slightly acidic soil (pH 6.0-6.5) and full sun to achieve peak berry quality, but they will tolerate a variety of soil conditions as long as they have adequate drainage. Prepare your strawberry beds by turning under 1/2"-1" high quality, animal manure or plant residue-based compost. Compost composed of cedar or redwood is not an acceptable substitute for high quality compost. Also it is a great idea to lay mulching film on the soil as it greatly reduces the need for weeding.

Give all strawberry varieties 1" of water per week, preferably using drip-type irrigation to minimize berry spoilage and keep the beds thoroughly weeded! After the first frost, mulch beds with straw or agricultural fabrics. Where snow remains on the ground throughout the Winter, no mulching is required. When the ground warms in Spring, remove any organic mulches, but leave agricultural fabrics on until the first flowers appear; fabrics will speed growth but prevent pollination if left on during blossoming.

All strawberry varieties are prone to diseases caused by overly moist soil conditions and overcrowding. Soil must be kept loose and well drained, plants must be properly spaced and ripe or moldy fruit picked daily. Snails and slugs can be a significant problem, but are controlled using traps and copper strip-barriers. Netting, scare balloons and flash tape work very well against birds.


HARVESTING

Strawberries are their sweetest when fully ripened on the plants. For most varieties this means leaving the berries on the plant for a day or two after they are fully colored. The only way to know for sure is a taste test.

Strawberries bruise easily. Be gentle when pulling them from the plants. Snap the stem directly above the berry rather than pulling on the berry itself. Keep harvested berries in a cool, shady location.



SAVING SEEDS

Strawberry seeds are easily separated from ripe fruit by placing them in a household blender with a cup of water and blending at high speed for just a few seconds. (Not too long, or the seeds may be damaged). The good seeds will settle to the bottom, and the fruit pulp and unripe seeds will float. Wait a minute or so for the seeds to settle, and pour off the liquid. The seeds can then be rinsed or scraped out and allowed to dry on a paper towel.
Features
  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
  • Nutritional value: A great source of vitamins and minerals.


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seeds June 21, 2014
Reviewer: Michael Calvert from Pompano Beach, FL United States  
I received the package and the sealed seed packs as ordered. I can rate it only as far as the process to receive it and that went smoothly. I have this "seed bank" for a time when the society we live in has eroded and food is scarce. I suppose I should open a few of them and test them to make sure the seeds are good, but as in everything there is a level of faith and trust that goes along with life. I am choosing to trust these folks. So I will only write this as a general satisfaction and paste the same on all the others below. So look around and figure out who you are going to trust and buy from them. These probably deserve 5 stars but I will rate them as 4 due to the unknown factor. Be prepared!

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The Standard of Quality and Excellence May 18, 2014
Reviewer: Darrin Germany from Salisbury, North Carolina  
I have been a fan of MyPatriotSupply for over 3 years, and have ordered numerous seed vaults and packets. The gernination rates for their seeds are astounding.
Basically, if it didn't grow, it wasn't because of the seed.
The fruits and vegetables produced from their heirloom seeds are phenomenal in their quality, size, and taste.

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Strawberry April 25, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from MO United States  
Seeds arrived in a timely manner.  They are well packaged. I hope they grow, but that is a whole other story.  You know - germination.

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Strawberry April 24, 2014
Reviewer: Inez Slayman from East Helena, MT United States  
seeds were put into seedling starter containers and are not sprouted yet.

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Awesome March 30, 2014
Reviewer: Melissa from Sandusky, MI  
So far I have planted Alpine strawberries, large red cherry tomatoes, Homestead tomatoes, asparagus, bell peppers and banana peppers.
My Alpines have got 80% germination, Homestead and Large Red Cherry tomatoes 100%, Asparagus- I have 3 little sprouts but it has only been 2 weeks out of 6 weeks it usually takes, and bell and banana peppers haven't been in long enough to tell yet. So far they have way better germination rates than Burpee! :) Love this place

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