Allotment soft fruit

Last year Pat and Steph at Bifurcated Carrots were kind enough to send me some white alpine strawberry seed. At the same time, we had to move 201’s overgrown, highly rampant raspberries into an area where they could be corralled. I planted my strawberry seed and dug up my raspberry canes without any expectation of fruit from either this year.

The seed went into the greenhouse and came up as absolutely tiny plantlets. I grew some on for myself and gave all the others away – some went to the allotment that grows crops for the local hospice, so I hoped that the plants would be given enough time to prove themselves before being dug up to make room for something else.

How very wrong I was to doubt!

Okay, we’re not exactly in a glut situation, but the strawberries never will be a glut crop – they grow a few fruit at a time over a long time frame, so you get just enough to have with your breakfast cereal or to snack on at lunchtime. They are delicious - tangy, almost citrus-flavoured and very soft, more like a raspberry in texture than a strawberry. The raspberries themselves have done very well to fruit at all, so I’m definitely not complaining about their productivity.

So this is with thanks to Pat and Steph, and an encouragement to people who’ve only grown seed from seed companies – it’s not difficult to harvest seed, and it seems quite easy to grow it too. If I can do it, anybody can!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, July 17, 2009

4 Comments:

Anonymous Patrick said...

Hi AB,

I'm glad they grew okay! I think I mentioned it before, but in the spring you'll notice the plants form clumps that can be broken apart to create 10-20 new plants.

In this way you can propagate them faster and easier than with seeds. Be sure to pick the best plants, if some are better than others, so you end up propagating the better ones rather than the ones that aren't as nice.

July 18, 2009 at 2:30 AM  
OpenID nipitinthebud said...

how lovely to have grown them from seed, especially seed sent lovingly from someone else's garden in Holland. Perhaps I'll try that next year, my strawberries are tired old girls ;O)

July 18, 2009 at 4:49 AM  
OpenID allotments4you.com said...

Very weird looking strawberries...I definately want to try these...this just may be the thing to plant in my raised bed next year...thanks for posting about them!!

July 18, 2009 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Patrick, they are wonderful, and I am taking orders for plantlets for next year already!

Nip, I can send you some seed if you want to put your email address in the comments box so we can be in touch.

Allotments4you (Tanya!) they are just great, I'm so glad I got the seed from Patrick and Steph.

July 20, 2009 at 9:40 AM  

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