My white alpine strawberries …

I suppose the title says it all. I am happy to report that the alpine strawberries that are growing on the windowsill of my living room are … of a white variety! yeayyy …

I did not think I could be so lucky … but, thankfully, the seedling that I had decided to bring inside so that it could continue to grow during winter is of the white variety instead of the usual red. The packet seeds were bought as a mix between the usual red and the more unusual white alpine strawberries. So I just took a pinch of them to grow and prayed that among them would be some white strawberries … and there are! Nice … šŸ™‚

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This is the strawberry plant that I had brought inside to be placed on the windowsill in the living room … and which I got to grow in a milk bottle.

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It was 22ndĀ November when I took this photo. The strawberry plant had already started flowering with a few strawberries beginning to form … but I had no idea whether it was a red or while alpine strawberry at the time. I was hoping it would be of the white variety but I had feared that it might be the more common red variety.

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And this was taken two weeks later Ā … when it showed very clearly, much to my delight … that the strawberries were white!

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Here is a clearer shot of the tiny white alpine strawberries!

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They are even smaller than the tip of my finger … which is actually quite small, as the mum and the hubby often like to say to me (probably because their hands are not that large, either!).

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And this is the second bunch of white alpine strawberries from the same plant growing on the windowsill, as they had looked yesterday. Ā I had transferred the plant into a larger pot last week so that there would be more room for the plant to grow … and so that the soil would not dry too fast in the heated living room.

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Taste-wise … I have to say that the first white strawberry that I tasted was a little bland in comparison with the red varieties that I had grown on my balcony. But from what I have gathered from reading some forum pages on the Internet, sometimes the taste will get better with later flushes of strawberries … so I am not ruling out this white variety yet!

Anyway, I decided that I would try to grow my collection of these tiny strawberries. So I have bought the seeds of another white alpine variety … as well as that of a yellow alpine variety to try to grow in 2013! Well … actually, I have also bought the seeds of a few other variety of red strawberries … but only those with pink and red flowers! Since I intend to grow more strawberries, I thought that I might as well grow those varieties that are less common … it makes sense, no?

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More of the alpine strawberries from the same batch of alpine strawberry seeds … but ones that I left growing outside. Not as big and no flowers for the time being … but it could be because I did not bother to separate them and replant the seedlings separately. Still, I suppose that comes spring I should be able to expect some tiny strawberries from them … I hope! šŸ˜‰

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