Piccolo's seeds come in fun, original packaging. This makes them not only ideal for giving as gifts, but also nice to have at home. You can choose a collection of seeds or buy your seeds separately for each species. With their wide range, there is something for everyone: herbs, all kinds of interesting mixes to brighten up your kitchen, or flowers, with some collections specifically aimed at insects or birds. Spring will be incredibly colourful! The seeds are okay to be stored for at least 3 years, so you can gift them to your loved ones (or yourself!) at any time of the year.
The Baron von Solemacher alpine strawberry is an antique German variety that yields dainty clusters of deep red, sweet and juicy berries, which can be up to 25 mm in diameter. Although we aren’t sure who the Baron was, we know that this variety was first offered by F.C. Heinemann, a German seed merchant, in 1935. Alpine strawberries are hardy perennial plants that will flower and fruit from late spring until the first frosts. It’s also an early-fruiting variety – the first strawberries may develop as quickly as 3 months after sowing. They make a joyous addition to pastries but are also popular in their raw state – young and old alike will love the sweetness and heady aroma of these strawberries, which fill any room with a beautiful fragrance.
- Latin name: Fragaria vesca
- Quantity: 250 seeds
- Common name: Alpine Strawberry
- Variety: Baron Von Solemacher. An old, sweet German to tempt your taste buds.
- Plant size: Height 15cm, width 15cm
- Container size: Height 20cm, width 20cm
- Companion plants: Thyme, borage, lettuces, onions, spinach
HOW TO GROW
- Sowing: Indoor Apr-May, outdoor Apr-June
- Timing: Germination 15-30 days, harvesting 90-120 days
- Spacing: When sowing 1-3cm, depth 0,2 cm. When thinning 10-15cm
- Spot: Partial shade. Well-drained, moist and fertile soil. Regular, heavy watering. Light feeder
- Expert tip: Tiny strawberry seeds require a bit of patience, but don’t give up on them. Sow them on the surface and don’t cover them. Be sure not to let the soil dry out – not even for a few hours. For best results, keep the soil temperature at around 20°.
- Borage and thyme attract bees and butterflies, helping with strawberry pollination. Grow companion plants that attracts ladybirds to prevent aphids attacks.
HOW TO EAT
- Harvesting: There’s nothing easier than picking alpine strawberry. Grasp the tiny strawberry between your thumb and your forefinger, pull gently, eat and repeat!
- Eating: The juice of alpine strawberries can be applied to the skin to eliminate wrinkles. Alpine strawberries can be cooked and used in jams, tarts and other sweet treats. But, in my opinion, the best way to experience their delicious flavour and scent is to grow them in your garden and eat them fresh, straight from plant to mouth.
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