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Alexandria alpine strawberry

Raifu
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Alexandria is a pretty cool alpine strawberry. It's the easiest one to grow from seed that I've tried, and germinates abindantly. The flavor is good. Critters probably eat it more than Yellow Wonder.

I have several Alexandria strawberry plants in the garden—some out the front by the flowers, and some at the east side of the house.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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Re: Alexandria alpine strawberry

Raifu
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Here are some Alexandria strawberries that I harvested, today. They weren't bitter at all, and they had quite a bit of flavor (not the same flavor as Reine Des Vallees). The fruits were larger/wider than in previous years.

Whole ripe red Alexandria alpine strawberry fruits in a hand above a sink.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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Re: Alexandria alpine strawberry

Raifu
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The ones I harvested today in the more shaded location are huge! Many of them as big as medium-small domestic strawberries. They have a moister, more clay-like soil than the smaller fruited ones in with more sun. They're not mulched like the ones with more sun.

My consensus is to get a four-foot tall cement trough in a shady area, fill it with a clay-ish soil that stays cool and moist easily, and plant a long row of these in it. Water it frequently, if desired. the reason for the four-foot trough is to make harvesting easier.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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Raifu
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I squished up all of the large group of Alexandria strawberries into the soil near the parent plants, which are on the north side of the house, and watered that soil. I'm curious how well they'll germinate. In theory, they should germinate just fine, unless the soil is particularly tough for them to germinate in. The temperature and moisture should be great.

This is my first time direct-seeding alpine strawberries. I've heard that it works. It'll be nice to have a second generation of Alexandria (or any alpine strawberry, for that matter).
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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Raifu
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Here are the Alexandria alpine strawberry plants on the north side of the house. I planted the seeds mentioned in the previous post in this area.
Alexandria alpine strawberry plants in bloom. Picture taken on 20 June 2020.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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Raifu
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Here's most of the harvest from the north side of the house, today. they're producing nicely (probably because of the cooler temperatures we've been having). It's a good alpine strawberry year. I think splitting them up tonone plant per spot may have helped with production and fruit size.

Alexandria alpine strawberry fruits in hand. 3 July 2020.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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