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Fraises des Bois' or Alpine Strawberry

An unusual, hard-to-find strawberry!
The NEW Strawberry, 'Fraises des Bois' is also called Alpine Strawberry. The small berries are full of the finest flavors and aroma that other Strawberries cannot compete with. Gourmet chefs throughout the world search for these delicious strawberries to garnish the food creations they prepare. One plant will produce fruits from the beginning of the spring until frost; it is a SUPER EVERBEARING plant. Flowers and fruits appear at the same time, making this plant an excellent choice for a groundcover or border plant with delicious fresh fruit! Alpine strawberries make super strawberry jam; giving it a kick in flavor and intensity. If you have never tasted fraises des bois, they are a smaller, more strawberry flavored strawberry than their cultivated counterpart.

The meaning of the name is Berries of the Woods. The plants grow a pyramidal mound in shape, and produce no runners. The plants will flower and fruit continuously during the summer months until the temperature becomes colder, in the early autumn. The deep red fruits are conical and small and are a little over 1 inch long. The highly aromatic fruits are sweet without acidity when ripe. This is an excellent choice for container gardens.

Plant Details +

Botanical Fragaria vesca
Cultivator Type Everbearing
Height 8-12"
Spacing 12"
Hardiness Zones 4-10
Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Foliage Dark green
Fruit Red

General Information +

General Characteristics: Plant Fraises des Bois Alpine Strawberries in full sun or partial shade. Strawberries thrive in well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Amending your soil with aged manure or compost will supply all the nutrients the young plants need to get started. Proper drainage is essential, so mound the soil to form raised beds, if necessary. Plants grown in containers should be protected from hot sun in the summer and from freezing in the winter.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Grow in moist, well-drained soil. Soak plants in water a few minutes before planting. May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a wide, shallow hole large enough to accommodate the roots comfortably. Then spread the roots evenly inside the hole and cover them with soil, setting the crown (the point where stem and roots meet) at soil level. Firm the soil with your hands and water thoroughly. Placing the crown precisely at soil level-rather than deeper or higher-is very important. It keeps the crown from rotting or from drying out. Divide Fraises des Bois plants every 3 years or so, as needed, just as growth begins to show in the spring. Dig and cut the crowns into 2-4 pieces, making sure that each piece has a good root system. Replant right away. Watering and fertilizing: Strawberries require 1-2" of water a week. If rain is inadequate, water deeply whenever the top 1" of soil is dry to the touch. To prevent disease, avoid watering in the evening. Heat and drought bring flowering and fruiting to a halt and may kill plants outright. Mulching with 2" of an organic material (such as straw) helps the soil retain moisture and stay cool, prevents weed seed germination, and keeps the fruits off the soil. Don't fertilize at planting time. Later, when Fraises des Bois begins to form berries, fertilize with a balanced, timed-release fertilizer. In subsequent years, fertilize in early spring, and once again in late June.