Hey everyone, I recently purchased a bunch of new alpine strawberries from strawberry seed store and unfortunately I came upon the message below. I assume this means that Mike will no longer be selling any of his seeds within a years time. If you’re going to buy alpine seeds, now is the time.
In case anyone is interested, I contacted Mike about his favorite varieties and got the following response.
For taste and productivity his two favorites are pineapple crush and white solemacher (clumping types)
For runnering, Hawaii 4
For productivity he likes Deesse des Vallees and Reine des Vallees (clumping type)
For taste Mignonette (clumping type)
For red runnering, Atilla
Edit: For those that want to know a little more about alpine strawberries, I wrote a review on my alpines.
I got all the everbearing vescas (and some moschata seed) that he currently has available. I don’t intend to keep the lines pure over time (though I’d like to maintain the original clones as long as possible). I’d actually like to try my hand at a few Alpine Strawberry Landraces.
My idea is to let all of them cross-pollinate freely, while favoring the best of them as seed parents. Then segregate (but not isolate) the next generations based on fruit color and runnering, while selecting for vigor, production and quality.
I could not cross the vesca and moschata. maybe you have more luck. but it is much easier to cross the vescana hybrid with vesca and moschata.
I have hybrids vescana x moschata that do not produce runners
I have a Florika × moschata that I received from GRIN, but it hasn’t flowered for me yet.
I’m a little wary of using fertilizer on my strawberries… I recently used Potassium Sulfate (Solupotasse) on my biferas, and added some liquid seaweed a few days later… I almost lost them. A change of soil, some further drainage (no water dishes) and a sunnier spot, and they’re getting better. I almost lost my moschata too, but with the same treatment, it also seems to be bouncing back.
Could be too much nutrients. I added a lot, and while I expect that the seaweed was washed prior to being turned into fertilizer, I think the solupotasse still counts as a salt… anything that raises the electrical conductivity of the soil seems to hurt strawberries if used in great quantity without a chance to leach out.