Red Alpine Strawberry

These beautiful, upright plants are everbearing and produce 3/4 inch, elongated, red berries with sweet flavor. First cultivated 250 years ago in France, these Alpine natives grow well in either sun or shade, and max out at about 8 -10 inches tall. While they can be used in baking or jams, they are so densely packed with flavor that we suggest eating them fresh.

SELECT YOUR KIT

PLANT ONLY:

$00.00

"THE ESSENTIALS" POTTING KIT:

$69.99

COMPLETE GROWER KIT:

$154.99

Plant Only + Complimentaries

This kit includes: 3 Red Alpine Strawberry seedlings, 1 bag of rice hulls (for pest and weed protection), and 1 plant tag,

Red Alpine Strawberry + Essential Grower Kit

This kit includes: 3 Red Alpine Strawberry seedlings, 1 Veradek Mason Kona Planter, 1 bag of Shrubb Signature Potting Mix, 1 shaker of Organic Plant Magic Plant Food, 1 bag of rice hulls (for pest and weed protection), and 1 plant tag

Red Alpine Strawberry + Complete Grower Kit

This kit includes: 3 Red Alpine Strawberry seedlings, 1 Veradek Mason Kona Planter, 1 bag of Shrubb Signature Potting Mix, 1 shaker of Organic Plant Magic Plant Food, 1 bag of rice hulls (for pest and weed protection), 1 pair of gardening gloves, 1 large potting mat, 1 plant tag, and 1 pair of Niwaki Snips for pruning

Where do I grow best?

Alpine Strawberries are native to many climates, often skirting forests and lower regions of mountain ranges. They grow best in moderate climates, but can withstand a decent amount of heat throughout the summer. They cannot survive in regions with extremely cold and prolonged winters. On this map, you will see the areas that alpine strawberries find most ideal for growing. The light green areas are where they grow best and with the least amount of fuss.

As Shrubb plants are all potted, they can technically be grown anywhere, because with potted plants, you control the environment your plant grows in. Because of this, alpine strawberries can be grown outside the suggested region, but may need more maintenance when it comes to overwintering. If you do choose to grow this plant outside of it’s suggested zone, see our extra tips at the end of our care guide on how to create an appropriate climate.

How to care for me:

Self-Fertile

Alpine Strawberries are self-fertile and therefore will produce fruit on their own. This means that you do not need to worry about cross-pollination in order to ensure fruit production on your strawberry plant.

Full-Sun

Alpine strawberries thrive in full sun to partial shade, requiring at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day for optimal growth and fruit production. Placing them in a location with ample sunlight exposure ensures vigorous growth, abundant flowering, and the development of flavorful berries. However, they can tolerate some shade, especially in hot climates, but reduced sunlight may lead to decreased fruit yield.

Water

Alpine Strawberries can be very dramatic, but tend to recover quickly in regards to water. If your plant has gone from perky to wilted in the span of a day or less, it likely just needs a good watering . A good way to test if your plant needs water is to stick your finger 3 inches down into the soil. If you don't feel much moisture, it's time to water. If your finger comes out damp, best to give it some more time before watering. Picking up your pot to understand it’s weight when it is dry vs. wet is also a good way to understand when your plant may need water.

Soil Nutrients

Soil health is one of the most important parts of growing potted fruit. For Alpine Strawberries, it's recommended to fertilize them about once a month during the growing season, which would be between early spring and late summer. When your plant stops regularly producing fruit toward the end of summer or early autumn, that is your cue to stop fertilizing for the year.

Dormancy

While Alpine Strawberries do not require a dormancy period, they often benefit from it, and are likely to produce a more robust crop the following year if allowed to go dormant in winter. If you leave your Alpine Strawberry outdoors during winter, the leaves will turn brown and crisp up, and it may look dead. This is normal, and new growth will shoot up next spring.

Dormancy

Harvest alpine strawberries when the fruits are fully ripe, which is indicated by their deep red color and sweet aroma. Gently pick the ripe berries by hand, being careful not to damage the delicate plants. Harvesting regularly encourages continuous fruit production throughout the growing season, allowing you to enjoy a steady supply of fresh, flavorful berries.

Pruning

Pruning alpine strawberries is relatively minimal compared to other strawberry varieties. Remove any yellowing or dead leaves throughout the growing season to maintain plant health. When your plant goes into dormancy the leaves will turn brown and crisp up. Before the next growing season, be sure to cut away all of these dead leaves to make space for the new growth that will arrive.

Pests and Disease

Pests and disease often vary greatly by region. In terms of insects, neem oil can combat many problems. If you are unsure, send us a photo of your plant and the problem, and we'll do our best to identify it and suggest more specific solutions!

Growing in Less Ideal Climates

While the region indicated on the map above specifies where alpine strawberries grow best, the virtue of growing plants in pots is that, with a little elbow grease, you can create your own environment. These are our tips for anyone attempting to grow alpine strawberries in other climates.

Colder Regions

To overwinter a potted Alpine Strawberry in a particularly cold location, consider insulating the pot with materials such as bubble wrap or burlap to protect the roots from freezing temperatures. You could also place the pot in a sheltered location, such as against a south-facing wall or near the house, where it can benefit from radiant heat. If your climate gets extremely cold, consider keeping it in an unheated garage during the dormant season. It won’t need light while it is dormant, so even a dark place would be okay, just make sure that it gets an occasional bit of water to not die.

Hotter Regions

To grow Alpine Strawberries in particularly hot climates, choose a partially shaded location with morning sun and filtered light. Protect plants from extreme heat with shade during the hottest parts of the day, and ensure that it is getting sufficient water. Fruit production may be impacted by the heat.