Wild Woodlands Strawberries

Our wild strawberries’ journey began on September 1 2015 after freezing some seeds.

Germinated wild woodlands strawberries

Sept 7 2015 – tiny sprouts

My variety was “Fragaria Vesca” or Woodlands Strawberries. This pack of seeds did not have good germination rate. Out of 30 seeds, only 5 germinated 🙁

Growing wild woodlands strawberries from seeds

Only 5 seedlings

This was our first comparison between red (Fragaria Vesca) and white Alpine (White Soul) varieties. The latter was very small seedlings that grew slower than red Alpines.

Growing Wild Woodlands strawberries in Singapore

Oct 20 2015 – 50 days old , Red vs White

Strawberries with runners tendencies seem to be faster growing plants. They grew taller from the second month, have thicker stems and crown than the other varieties.

Fragaria Vesca from seeds

Nov 2015 – 3 months old

Wild Strawberry would be the most challenging variety for us because they have runners and we have limited space.

When they were 4 months old, we decided to plant them in outdoor pots.

Grow Wild Woodlands strawberries outdoors Singapore

Dec 2015 – Test growing Wild Woodlands strawberries in outdoors garden

We mulched the top soil with dried leaves to prevent heat from penetrating to roots level. In the beginning, we froze bottles and lay them on top to cool the plants in the afternoon. As our rainy season approached, this extra care was reduced.

Growing wild woodlands strawberries

Strawberry care for outdoor pots: Mulched to cover top soil from overheating and iced often

To nourish the soil, we add ground coffee grinds and crushed eggs shells around our plants. Little did we know, being new gardeners, that the scent of rotting egg membrane would attract snails and other pests. It was a myth finally witnessed, that snails were not only not afraid of sharp eggs shells, they loved to eat and have no problem crossing over them and ate up all the shells and finally, our precious strawberry plants.

Snails not the tropical heat were the biggest threat for outdoor strawberries! They ate even the crown so the strawberries could not revived and breed in the pots. We were lucky to be able to spot them in time and saved half of our plants.

Why my wild woodlands strawberries disappeared without a trace

January 5 2016 – Snails

Wild Woodlands strawberry eaten by snail

Jan 7 2016 – Not even a crown left

We began another journey in late 2016. This journal continued in another post about outdoor plants till 2018.

Grow strawberries from seeds in Singapore

Outdoor plants

 

Facts about Wild Woodlands Strawberries : –

The matured plants are 6 to 12 inches tall and reproduce by stolons (above ground runners) and it needs space to run!

 

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