Homegrown alpine strawberries are bushels above store-bought whose flavor can't compare. Wonder Blend bears small red or light yellow, intensely fragrant fruits from late spring/early summer on, taking a break in hot weather. Plants don't have runners, so they won't meander, making them a tidy, delicious border or container contender. If started indoors, you can expect fruit the first year. Replace every 3 years for best production or add a few new plants annually. Perennial in USDA zones 5–9.
Botanical Name: Fragaria vesca
Native: North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 5–9
Plant Dimensions: 8"–10" tall and wide
Variety Information: Red and Yellow Wonder Blend are alpine strawberries, individual plants producing either red or creamy yellow fruit up to 1" long. Plants may reseed.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade. Afternoon shade is beneficial in hot climates.
Attributes: Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 8 to 12 weeks before your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED for first year fruit. 14 to 16 weeks before your average last frost date. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 60°–75°F.
Days to Emerge: 15 –30 Days
Seed Depth: Barely cover
Seed Spacing: A group of 8 – 10 seeds every 12"
Row Spacing: 24"
Thinning: When plants have 2 sets of leaves, thin to 1 every 12"
Special Care: Light aids germination; sow shallowly.
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