Grow 'Mignonette' Strawberries From Seed

| 5/25/2010 11:26:20 AM

PBHobson2Patsy Bell Hobson is a garden writer and a travel writer. For her, it's a great day when she can combine the two things she enjoys most: gardening and traveling. Visit her personal blog at and read her travel writings at 

Wild strawberries and Alpine strawberries (Fragaria vesca) are hardy, disease-resistant and perfect for a low border or edging plant. They are also a great groundcover. Some folks grow them in grass-free lawns.

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You won't be able to find the sweet and fragile Alpine strawberries in grocery stores.
Photo by Patsy Bell Hobson

I discovered some wild strawberries at my friend's lake house in Missouri. I was able to bring a few plants home. The wild strawberries loved living at my house and multiplied into a beautiful groundcover in my small flower bed. The love of my life thoughtfully cleaned up that flower bed one spring by ripping out all the weeds—which were my prized wild strawberries.

Since then, I’ve tried a couple of times to grow wild strawberries from seed and failed. When I had the opportunity to start new gardens at a new home I went a little overboard with these tiny berries.

I ordered the 'Mignonette' strawberry seeds, which are a French delicacy, from Renee’s Garden and had great success using the AeroGarden. The plants, once started, are easy to grow. They are compact perennial Alpine strawberry plants that produce sweet, pointed fruits from early spring to the last frost. I notice that Renee has an article about these itty bitty berries on her web page. This is where I got the idea to use these strawberries as an edging plant. It is not too late to start these plants from seed in May or June. (If you order from Renee's Garden, you will get prompt seed delivery!)