Mignonette Strawberry Heirloom Seeds
Neat, bushy runnerless plants
bear delicious red strawberries.
A French type that is smaller
than regular strawberries
have an appealing flavor and aroma.
Excellent edging, border or container variety.
Grow Mignonette Strawberry
as Annual or Perennial.
Alpine Mignonette Strawberries do not produce runners
and are only able to be propagated
from seed or from mature divisions.
The 1" long conical shaped fruit has an aroma
and taste unlike anything you've ever experienced.
Days To Maturity: up to 1 year
Approximately 40 seeds per packet.
Botanical Name: Fragaria vesca
Late winter to early spring. Plenty of sunlight.
Sow at 21C (70F) in a good free draining seed compost.
Sow seed on surface of compost and do not exclude light,
sealing in a polythene bag after sowing is helpful.
Germination usually takes 14-30 days.
They can also be sown direct
in mid spring
in well raked soil
and thinned out to 15cm (6 inch) apart.
Storage of Mignonette Strawberry Seeds.
The compact, heavy blooming, runnerless
perennial plants produce large
amounts of fragrant and tasty strawberries
continuously from spring through fall.
Will often naturalize in partly shaded well
watered areas of your garden.
Very simple to grow, easy to maintain,
and quick to harvest.
May be planted indoors, outdoors, or in containers.
They begin producing the second spring,
sometimes the first fall.
Grows best in USDA Zones 3a to 8b.
Seed should be refrigerated to prolong life.
It is advised to freeze the seed below 32F
for 3-4 weeks prior to seeding to improve germination.
All seed sold by Orchard House Heirlooms has been
preconditioned under these conditions.
Light is essential for optimal germination.
Seed should be surface sown and if covered,
covered very lightly with medium.
I like to use white “play sand”
that can be purchased at garden
center to lightly cover the seeds.
The intention is to use the sand to hold down
the media and parts of the media that
seeds may be attracted to.
The sand keeps the seeds in contact
with the media
and the color of the sand can be used
to easily determine by
color variation whether the media is wet or dry.
Temperature is critical to germination.
The acceptable temperature range is 60 – 75F.
The lower range is suggested for night temperature
and the higher end of the range for
maximum daytime temperatures.
Seeds will germinate outside this range but germination
may not be complete or may be delayed or accelerated.
Higher temperatures will promote germination but may also
reduce germination and cause drying conditions that will
threaten the continuing growth of the seedlings.
Note: the temperatures referred to above is the soil temperature,
not the air temperature which may be significantly different.
How To Harvest Mignonette Strawberry Seeds
Wait until your strawberries are overripe.
Place your strawberries into the strainer.
Press your spoon or fork against the
strawberries in the strainer
to squeeze out the juice until all the juice
is pressed out and you can clearly see the
seeds separating from the juice.
Take care when doing this
step to avoid breaking the seeds.
Place the strainer under running water,
allowing the juice and strawberry pulp to run out.
Flip the seeds in the strainer onto a plate.
Allow the seeds to air-dry for a few days.
When dried put your seeds in a container.
Store in a cool dry place.