I was quite puzzled (at first) by your description of these as "neat" - but now I understand.
When I did my roof garden, I had them plant wild strawberries. I thought it would be so nice to have these little flavour-buds right outside my bedroom where I could snag a few for breakfast - if the raccoons didn't scarf them all the night before.
But now, here's the thing - mine run. Everywhere. They're even coming in through the door to the roof.
They were sold to me as Alpines, they're very small, full of flavour, but also have runners.
Does anyone have any idea what I might really have here?
The article makes me want to get out on the roof and search for a few more though - they taste so good. But next year I'll try getting some of the 'neat' kind going.
I did discover this year that my variegated Alpine strawberry runners like crazy... last year, it was just a little seedling, and this year it's trying to take over its own little corner of the world. But most varieties seem not to produce runners. I'm not sure what you have, but at least they're tasty. There's a "false strawberry" that's really a weed... it runners like mad, and to add insult to injury the bright red little berries have no flavor.
Just learning how to check all the threads. Sheesh! Sorry I'm so late getting back to this.
That sounds like a great idea, but how do you give those? From what I've seen, the roots are very fine and tangle into the other plant roots, so I'm not sure how to go about saving them for someone. If I just have some of the root, then can they live in water, or do they need soil?
I'm not sure how much or how little root strawberry crowns can survive with when transplanted... If they're hard to dig up, they may be difficult to share rather than just trashing them. Sometimes, when I dig up creeping thyme or another plant that doesn't come up with much root system, I pot it up for a bit so it grows more roots before I send it (bare root) to somebody. I did write an article on packing plants for mailing if you think you want to try that with them. See http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1202/
As much as planting seeds to grow tiny strawberries would be fun; it isn't necessary here in Brattleboro Vermont. I think my cat birds must consider my garden, bird heaven, because the bright red berries are much bigger than the end of my finger and seem to love the organic composted places where the veggies are supposed to be. It has been raining for five days and I hope there are still some left for me when the sun comes out - and when I finally get the courage to pull many of them, so as to make room for lettuce and other greens that humans like. But they are a gorgeous happening, growing all around the edges of the semi-circle rock wall that cradles my lavendar encircled, ceramic bird bath, blueberries, foxglove, wild daisies, pansies, pinks, forget-me-nots and anything else that desides it must reside there. Here is an earlier spring picture.
There are 2 types of wild strawberries (alpines), non- running and running. I have Fragaria vesca which is the running variety. All are native to Europe. As a kid in Sweden, I used to pick them and string them on long grass stalks and eat them that way (minus the grass).
Below is a link to an article that is informatine of these cute minis.