White Soul Alpine Strawberry
Plant: Perennial fruit-bearing plant.
Seeds obtained from: https://www.rareseeds.com/catalog/product/view/id/647/
About: White soul alpines produce small, sweet white strawberries. Short little plants, not quite as bushy as Alexandria alpines, but they still, in my opinion, produce just as well. The berries are small, but make up for it in flavor.
This first try at growing these strawberries had a decent germination rate- about half the seeds planted sprouted over the course of 14 days. They were transplanted for the first time once two or three true leaves had shown their faces on all plants. Very, very tiny even then!
All alpine strawberries, in this humble author’s opinion, are gluttons. Two doses of fish emulsion were enough to bring the February-started seedlings from seeds in a tray to being planted out in the garden, but they really could have used at least another dose. They were looking more than a little yellow-leaved there, near the end.
The transplanting of the white soul alpine strawberries into the garden was… delayed.
I have absolutely no excuses as to why.
Accordingly, it took longer for them to begin producing. If they had been planted earlier, I would have expected them to keep pace with the Alexandrias. As it was, they started fruiting in August, and they’re still going strong in a late, frostless October!
White soul alpine strawberries are a little bit tricky at first to figure out when to pick. Really, the key to it is to not force the fruit off the plant- if it doesn’t easily fall off into your hand, it’s not fully ripe yet. And you really do want them to be fully ripe! They’ll also be very distinctly white, or slightly creamy yellow tinted. Not green in the slightest.
Don’t fight the strawberries if they don’t want to leave yet. You’ll lose. Yes, the strawberry will be in your hand, and you can eat it, but is it really a victory when the taste of the unripe berry is sub-par at the absolute best?
What I would do differently
Plant ’em out earlier, plant a lot more of them, and mulch them well!