alpine strawberry - woodland
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- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any soil, but prefers an alkaline pH
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: May
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: makes a useful groundcover
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Attractive foliage consisting of three palmate leaflets, each with a notched edge, forms in clusters along the creeping stolons. They are tolerant of partial shade, but if planted in a sunny spot they will produce edible fruits which are not as large or sweet as their cultivated cousins the strawberries, but they are decorative non-the-less. Use them at the front of the border, lining the edge of a path, or for spilling over the edges of a pot.
- Garden care:Cut off runners from the parent plant and transplant the new plantlets to increase stock.
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Q:Hello, when is it time to repot these, and what is the best container size for a single plant? Many thanks!Asked on 1/5/2016 by Fionat from London
These are best re-potted in autumn or spring, however if you are gentle with the root system you can do it at any time of the year. As for the pot size, this really depends on how long you want them to remain in the pot for. They do spread by creeping stolons, so if you plan on removing these, then a 30cm dia pot would probably be sufficient for a year or so.Answered on 3/5/2016 by Helen from crocus
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