Q How should I grow alpine straw­ber­ries?

Garden News (UK) - - The Problem Solver -

Ian Mitchell, by email A Alpine straw­ber­ries are quite tiny com­pared with gar­den straw­ber­ries, but what they lack in size they make up in in­tense flavour. They’re suit­able for con­tain­ers, such as troughs, which can be sited in a lit­tle shade. Add up to a third of sharp sand to the com­post to open it up and pro­vide good drainage. In­cor­po­rate some Vi­tax Q4 fer­tiliser. Plant up in May, spac­ing plants about 30cm (12in) apart and feed oc­ca­sion­ally with tomato feed. Plants usu­ally crop well for two sum­mers be­fore suc­cumb­ing to virus in­fec­tion, so it’s a good idea to have a reg­u­lar pro­gramme of seed sow­ing to keep young plants com­ing.

Alpine straw­ber­ries pack quite a punch in a small pack­age

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