Alpine Strawberry ‘Baron von Solemacher’


The Baron von Solemacher alpine strawberry is an antique German variety that yields dainty clusters of deep red, sweet and juicy berries, which can be up to 25 mm in diameter.

Although we aren’t sure who the Baron was, we know that this variety was first offered by F.C. Heinemann, a German seed merchant, in 1935.

Alpine strawberries are hardy perennial plants that will flower and fruit from late spring until the first frosts. It’s also an early-fruiting variety – the first strawberries may develop as quickly as three months after sowing.

They make a joyous addition to pastries but are also popular in their raw state – young and old alike will love the sweetness and heady aroma of these strawberries, which fill any room with a beautiful fragrance.

Common name Alpine strawberry
Latin name Fragaria vesca
Variety Baron Von Solemacher
Quantity 250 seeds
Plant size Height: 15 cm
Width: 15 cm
Container size Height: 20 cm
Width: 30 cm
Companion plant(s) Thyme, borage, lettuces, onions, spinach
Planting indoors Apr to May
Planting outdoors Apr to Jun
Germination 15 to 30 days
Harvesting 90 to 120 days
Planting 1 cm to 3 cm apart at 0.2 cm depth
Thinning 10 cm to 15 cm
Light Partial shade
Soil Well-drained, fertile and moist
Watering Regular, heavy watering
Feeding Light feeding
Caring Tiny strawberry seeds require a bit of patience, but don’t give up on them. Sow them on the surface and don’t cover them. Be sure not to let the soil dry out – not even for a few hours. For best results, keep the soil temperature at around 20°C.
Beneficial wildlife Borage and thyme attract bees and butterflies, helping with strawberry pollination.
Pests Grow companion plants that attracts ladybirds to prevent aphids attacks.
Harvesting There’s nothing easier than picking alpine strawberry. Grasp the tiny strawberry between your thumb and your forefinger, pull gently, eat and repeat!
Eating Medicinal properties: The juice of alpine strawberries can be applied to the skin to eliminate wrinkles.

How to eat: Alpine strawberries can be cooked and used in jams, tarts and other sweet treats. But, in my opinion, the best way to experience their delicious flavour and scent is to grow them in your garden and eat them fresh, straight from plant to mouth.
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