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    Spiderling is offline Seedling
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    Default Strawberries from seed.

    Can anyone help me with information on growing strawberries from seed please? We are quite interested in trying this but would rather have the larger fruited types than the Alpine varieties we've seen in garden centres so far. Would the plants raised from seed be annuals? If not, will they produce runners? Can anyone recommend any they have tried and found to be good? We grow plants with good results but fancy having a go at something different! Planning my jam sessions already! Cheers.
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    Spiderling
    Hi, I've tried growing strawberries from seed and have to wonder if it's worth it. Firstly the varieties available are very limited - haven't tried growing any self-saved seed though.
    Secondly they take ages to grow, stay as microscopic seedlings for ages and it wasn't till I saw a post on this forum that I persevered, thought I was doing something wrong. However they do grow into small plants in their first year and produce a few strawberries but they never tasted good enough, certainly nowhere near the flavour I would expect after all that trouble. Now I'm grubbing them all out and replacing with new plants.
    Interesting experiment though, glad I tried but back to reproducing from runners from plants I really liked.
    Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue View Post
    Spiderling
    Hi, I've tried growing strawberries from seed and have to wonder if it's worth it. Firstly the varieties available are very limited - haven't tried growing any self-saved seed though.
    Secondly they take ages to grow, stay as microscopic seedlings for ages and it wasn't till I saw a post on this forum that I persevered, thought I was doing something wrong. However they do grow into small plants in their first year and produce a few strawberries but they never tasted good enough, certainly nowhere near the flavour I would expect after all that trouble. Now I'm grubbing them all out and replacing with new plants.
    Interesting experiment though, glad I tried but back to reproducing from runners from plants I really liked.
    Sue
    thanks for all that info....

    i'm growing some strawberries from seed with a child i look after. they are tiny at the moment and i have been doubting we'd get any berries this year. i may have to pull a swift one and get a few bigger plug plants!.

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    Nickerly is offline Sprouter
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    I've just planted some seeds from an actual strawberry (about 3 days ago). So will keep you posted to how it goes..

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    I started some El Santa from a supermarket pack - dried then sown last year. The plantlets are now around 2" tall and starting to really take on that strawberry look. If started now they'll probably get going a lot quicker as I started them way out of season (I think - although self seeded....who knows?)

    I've also saved some Camarosa this week. Not great tasters as almost certainly grown under glass from Morocco - but hoping 'natural' British conditions and some real sunshine will benefit both varieties. El Santa from Spain - but surprisingly excellent flavour.

    Cannot say if they will produce fruit this year - but anything would be great. Just be patient!

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    Spiderling is offline Seedling
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    Thanks everyone. Seems a bit hit and miss growing from seed. I assumed it would take alot of time and patience....
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    Saraheliz is offline Seedling
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    Hi

    I have grown sarian strawbs from seeds , they are the best I have ever tasted but are difficult to germinate and tender when young but I do it every year cos its worth it.
    I grew an Ava strawb from supermarket last year so don't know what it'll be like this year but its still alive.
    Have grown alpine strawbs from seed, very easy but strawbs are small.
    You have to keep the temperature quite constant, e.g. by putting a clear plastic bag around and with sarian strawbs, letting light in, don't know if other ones need light.
    Keep moist but not wet and wait a long time for germination.
    It can be done.

    good luck
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    carolinej1234 is offline Germinator
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    Default How wet or dry should strawberries be?

    I have planted strawberry seeds in a hanging basket, and have planted a small strawberry plant. As the threads have mentioned, my seeds aren't doing anything either although my plant looks very healthy. As I live in Dumbarton in Scotland and everything gets VERY wet, I was wondering if I should be covering these plants to give them a better chance to grow? Also, do strawberries need a lot of drainage? Sorry I am a beginner but loving all the help you get from "real gardening folk"!

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