Alpine strawberries are very prolific and will produce berries in the first year. The berries are sweet and tangy and about twice the size of the wild ones on compact, runnerless plants. Alpine strawberries bear fruit from June til frost. It can even be grown indoors in a sunny window. These strawberries are a hardy perennial and will do well once established. You can sow them indoors in early spring, and then transplant them once they are a good size and when there is no risk of frost outside. An easy project is to make your own plastic pots by cutting the top off of pop bottles. Fill it with some store bought (sterilized) soil, surface sow the seed, and press seed into soil (needs light to germinate). It’s a very easy project to get your strawberries started early.
A tea can be made out of the berries and leaves. There are many health benefits provided from it, treating ailments such as: protecting against degeneration of the eyes, arthritis and gout, high blood pressure, heart disease, improving cognitive function, treatment for diarrhea, and more.
Perennial: Hardy in zones 3 to 10. Full sun to partial shade. Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6 to 6.5. Surface sow seed as it needs light to germinate. For best germination results grow indoors in sterilized soil; black earth/peat moss mixture. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Transplant outside after risk of frost. Germination takes 2 to 4 weeks.