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Strawberry, Alpine Fragola di Bosco

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Small, scarlet red, flavorful alpine strawberry.

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Fragola di Bosco is an Italian alpine strawberry that enjoys popularity in gourmet salads. Plants are everbearing and productive. As with other woodland strawberries, fruits are delicately sweet and best eaten straight, freshly picked. Early to flower and fruit, plants stand out in late spring to early summer.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

8-10 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

14-18 inches

Fruit Bearing This refers to whether this product produces fruit or not.


Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


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  • Choose a location with loose, well-drained soil containing plenty of organic matter.
  • Strawberries may also be planted in containers or pyramid gardens, as an edging for flower and shrub borders or in matted beds and rows.
  • To grow in rows, space strawberry plants 18-24 inches apart in rows 3-5 feet apart. Runners will form new plants and eventually form a solid bed.

Planting Bare Root Plants:

  • Soak roots in lukewarm water two hours before planting.
  • Trim roots to 3 inches long and pick off any blossoms or dead leaves.
  • Using a trowel, open a hole large enough to spread roots out without bunching roots.
  • Set plants in the hole so that the crown is level with the surrounding soil line.
  • Press soil firmly against roots.
  • Water frequently until plants are growing vigorously.

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Make sure the root ball is sufficiently moist.
  • Carefully unpot the plant.
  • Set plants so the crown is level with the surround soil line.
  • Back fill the hole with soil and press soil firmly against the root ball.
  • Water frequently until plants are growing vigorously.
  • Apply a light mulch to keep weeds down, conserve moisture and keep fruit clean.
  • After harvest, remove old foliage. Be careful not to injure the crowns.
  • Fertilize beds in early summer and again in September with a balanced fertilizer. Do not fertilize if plants are flowering.
  • Watering is very important in early summer and September. 
  • Note that June-bearing plants produce the second year after planting. Cut all runners off during the first year, leave 2-3 runners the second year.
  • Winter protection for all strawberry varieties is important in most northern areas. Apply a mulch of straw or other loose organic matter 2-3 inches deep over the plants after the ground freezes but before the temperature drops below 20 degrees F. In spring, pull the mulch back into the rows.
  • Pick the fruit as it ripens, when fully red.
  • Pick with a short piece of stalk attached.
  • Regular picking will help keep the plants fruiting.
  • Fruits are best eaten straight off the plants, and may be kept for up to a week in the refrigerator if kept dry. They are also easily frozen, or made into preserves.
Full Sun
8-10 inches
14-18 inches
Fruit Bearing
Life Cycle
Ornamental Use
Harvest Season
Strawberry, Alpine Fragola di Bosco is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great first year, but doesn't look will come back This was a great addition to our urban patio garden last year - tiny berries and very full foliage. The kids loved stopping by every day after school to pick a few on their way inside. I protected my container outdoors - with my blueberry and raspberries (both of which are already very active!) but this one - doesn't appear that it will be coming back this year! I will give it a little more time, and hope!
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prolific This is a very small berry but complex and worth trying. What I love about this berry is that there are always a few ripe every day to casually pick and eat. I nice addition to the garden if you are a constant browser like I am. Compact and pretty with no runners yet.
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! Like the previous reviewer said, these are smaller berries than you'll get at the store (Though mine were bigger, ranging from the size of the last joint of my pinky finger to about the size of the last joint of my thumb) That said, they were amazingly flavorful and the bushy, upright growing habit of the plant meant I didn't have to worry about the berries touching the ground and rotting. All in all, I'm in love with this plant and fully intending to buy more of them next year!
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great so far I guess the description did say "Small" but I guess I expected them to be a bit bigger. I don't think a single berry I have gotten so far has been larger than a pea. I have it in a 12" dia pot in full sun (the tomatoes in a pot nearby are doing great). From the picture though I guess I was expecting something at least the size of a grape. Maybe I'm doing something wrong but they are getting regular water and have gotten fertilizer.
Date published: 2014-07-07
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