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| Winter Care For Alpine Strawberries |
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Ben Johnson
Posted on: December 02, 2007
I purchased two Alpine strawberry plants from you. The order was placed late in the summer, but they did not produce. They are planted in strawberry pots and I am wondering if they will survive if I leave them in the strawberry pots and bring them inside for the winter? I’m assuming that they will freeze if I leave them outside, but would like to know the best way to care for them inside.
The plants are perennials and perennials often do not flower and fruit until the second or even up to the fourth year. Strawberries tend to mature the second year though.
Alpine strawberries are rated to survive out of doors in the ground in zones 5 to 6. In a pot their roots experience temperatures two zones colder than they would have in the soil. So you would have to be in zones 7 to 8 to make them survive in a pot out of doors. In the house keep the plants cool and a little drier than you would in the garden. 5 to 10 degrees Celsius nights and 10 to 15 degree days would be best. They need full sun to flower.