Strawberry Seeds

strawberry seedsThe purpose of this site (Strawberry Plants .org) is to inspire gardeners of every type to gain an appreciation for the strawberry plant and its fruit. As a fondness for the sweet strawberry grows, we hope that many gardeners will decide to grow strawberry plants from strawberry seeds. This Strawberry Seeds page is here to help those people who want to take a strawberry seed and nurture it until it is a mature strawberry plant producing strawberries!

How the Strawberry Seeds Page Works

This main Strawberry Seeds page serves as a hub for anyone looking to learn about or purchase strawberry seeds. This page will help you understand everything you need to about growing strawberry plants from seed. If you don’t know where to buy strawberry seeds, you can visit our list of suppliers and seed companies who offer them for sale. Following that, we cover how to plant strawberry seeds and grow strawberry plants from seeds. And, of course, you can also read up on the fascinating details and information regarding strawberry seeds and what makes them unique.

As new information is added, links will be posted at the bottom of this page to the new strawberry seed information. Be sure to check back!

Strawberry Seeds for Sale Online

When looking to buy strawberry seeds for sale online, be sure that you choose a reputable supplier. To shop and buy strawberry seeds, use the link below to access our directory of online suppliers. If you know of an additional online supplier of strawberry seeds, please contact us, and we will gladly try to include them in our directory: Directory of Strawberry Seeds for Sale
(for strawberry plants, go here: Buy Strawberry Plants)

Growing Strawberry Plants from Strawberry Seeds

Growing strawberry plants from seed is more difficult than simply buying strawberry plants. But, it can be much more rewarding as well. Once you have strawberry plant growing, refer to our Growing Strawberries page for guidance on how to successfully produce a strawberry crop.

Growing strawberries from seed, of course, begins with selection of your preferred Strawberry Varieties. Once you have selected the strawberry cultivar that is right for your garden and purchase the strawberry seeds, you are ready to plant. Be aware, however, that strawberry seeds from most hybrid cultivars will not reproduce true to form. Alpine varieties and heirloom seeds usually will (along with a few of the new F1 cultivars), so factor that in when planting strawberry seeds.

Many strawberry seeds need to be cold treated to encourage germination. If your selected seeds require this, fear not. It is easy. Simply wrap your seeds, put them in an airtight container, and place them in a freezer. This simulates winter conditions, and the warming period lets the seed know it is time to come to life. After keeping the strawberry seeds below freezing for two to four weeks, remove the seeds from the freezer. Leave them in the jar or container as they gradually warm up to room temperature.

Once your strawberry seeds are at room temperature and are ready plant, you need to create a hospitable place for your seeds to begin their journey to planthood. A seed tray works well. Obtain a seed tray and prepare it. A good mix for starting strawberry seeds is 3 parts peat to 1 part organic-rich soil. Spread this out in your seed tray to a depth of about one half of an inch.

Moisten the mixture with water until it is uniformly damp. Sprinkle your strawberry seeds over the damp mixture and then cover the seeds with a very thin dusting of peat moss. Ensure that the strawberry seeds are not completely covered and are exposed to light. Keep them indoors in a well-lighted room and in direct sunlight, if possible. In two to three weeks, the strawberry seeds should germinate.

Keep the soil moist well-lighted. Warmth can help the seeds germinate, so the top of a refrigerator or on a bottom heat pad can be suitable places for germination. If the strawberry plant seedlings aren’t in direct sunlight with supplemental light, consider providing additional artificial light. A fluorescent shop light or grow light will do the trick. Position the light source 3 to 4 inches from the seedlings, and raise the light as the strawberry plants grow. If the strawberry seeds sprout too close to each other, thin them when they are between 1 and 2 inches tall, keeping the biggest and most vigorous seedlings. Gently transfer the strawberry seedlings to larger containers or pots after they gain their 3rd leaves.

If weather allows, the strawberry seedlings can be planted directly outside, or the plants in the containers can be replanted outside. If the strawberry seeds were started indoors, the young strawberry plants need to be hardened off prior to planting outside. When the temperature rises into the 50s, begin taking the plants outside in the shade for several hours each day. Gradually increase the time the plants are outdoors, eventually leaving them outside overnight as the temperature allows. Begin moving them into the sun for increasing periods of time to finish the hardening off process prior to planting. This ensures your plants won’t be damaged or killed by their environmental changes.

It is fun to grow strawberries from seed! When you are ready to plant outside, be sure to reference the Growing Strawberries page.

Saving Strawberry Seeds

If you want to grow strawberry plants from seed, you may want to consider saving heirloom seeds from year to year (heirloom strawberry seeds are the same as non-hybrid strawberry seeds). Fortunately, it is relatively easy to learn how to save them so that you can begin growing strawberries from seeds that you saved. Here is the easy way to save your seeds:

Put your ripe strawberries into a household blender. Add one cup of water to the strawberries in the blender and blend on high for 3 to 5 seconds. Try not to exceed 5 seconds of blending time, or the seeds may be damaged. Allow the components to sit for a minute or two. The viable seeds will sink and the unviable seeds will float along with the strawberry pulp. After the good seeds settle to the bottom, pour off the bad seeds and fruit pulp with the water. Rinse the seeds and then transfer them to a paper towel (or low-heat dehydrator) to dry. When dry, store them in a cool, dry place.

If you prefer to use a non-blender method, you can try an alternative strawberry seed saving method. If you dehydrate a strawberry (or let it dry completely), you can use your thumb and forefinger to rub the strawberry so that the seeds fall off. Separate the seeds from the chaff and store in a cool, dry place.

Or, if you prefer still another method, you can also use a sieve. Take a strawberry, press the pulpy part through the sieve, and the seeds should be left in the sieve. Rinse the seeds, dry, and store the strawberry seeds for future planting.

Strawberry Seeds Information

The relationship of birds and strawberries is likely due to the prevalence of strawberry plants across the temperate world. The birds, obviously, love to eat strawberries, and the seeds generally pass through their digestive tracts intact and in good shape. As the birds defecate, they spread viable strawberry seeds far and wide.

strawberry seedsInterestingly enough, there are approximately 200 strawberry seeds adorning the outside of a strawberry. And, while often referred to as a “berry,” strawberries are not true berries like blueberries and blackberries are, and their seeds are not true “seeds.” The tasty strawberry flesh is considered accessory tissue, and those tiny flecks we all call “strawberry seeds” are actually fruits in and of themselves. The tiny fruits actually contain the seeds. These seed-containing fruits are called “achenes.” An achene is occasionally also referred to as an “akene,” “achenocarp,” or “achenium.”

The tasty strawberries are also unique in another way. Scour the earth all you want to, but you’ll not find another fruit with its seeds on its exterior surface!

Strawberry Seeds: Conclusion

Strawberry seeds give rise to the strawberry plants that produce the strawberries we all love. We think everyone should have a fond affection for the little fellows (unless, of course, you get a strawberry seed stuck in a tooth or between your gums). If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. And, be sure to check back as additional information is added and linked below.

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Pineberry Seeds
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139 thoughts on “Strawberry Seeds

  1. Of the hybrid type of strawberries are there varieties that can be propagated by seed that retain the characteristics of the parent plant fairly well? If so what varieties would you recommend?

  2. Hi I am from Jamaica and growing strawberries in pots, I started growing them from seed . I got 12 sprouts.l would take them outside in the morning to sun the entire day and take them back inside at night, is it OK ?

  3. I would like to grow strawberries in Uganda. I think this will be an experiment to start of with and I will try a few different varieties to increase the chance of success. I want to avoid Hybrids so that we can reuse the seeds, unless you know of any hybrid seeds that reproduce well after replanting. I was thinking it might be good to try ever bearing and seasonal varieties. Do you have any suggestions of suitable varieties? We are at 1,000 meters so although we are on the equator we have year round temperatures of about 20 degrees Celsius. Very new to strawberry growing so any advise would be well received.

    Thanks
    Mark

  4. Some good information here on growing strawberries – but I haven’t seen anything like a planting guide for seeds – specifically, WHEN to plant for a given zone. I’m in zone 9 – Central Florida. Should I be planting NOW (June), waiting until later (August?) or???

    • BambiB,
      I’d go ahead and get them planted. They may require a bit of protection from the Florida heat once they germinate, but getting them established is usually best done as soon as possible. Good luck!

  5. Hi Mr. Strawberry,

    I planted some Delizz Strawberry seeds a week ago and I already have some sprouting. I’m worried I may have covered some of the seeds too much that aren’t sprouting. Would it be ok to uncover or is it too late at this point?

    Thanks!

    • Ashleigh,
      I would leave them be at this point. Not all of the seeds will germinate, usually, anyway. However, Delizz is a hybrid and won’t grow true from seed. Where did you purchase them? Thanks!

    • sydney,
      If you look on this page under the Saving Strawberry Seeds heading, it will tell you how. If you collect the strawberry seeds from the strawberries you buy in the store, they may or may not sprout. Those are virtually all hybrids and typically won’t grow true even if they do sprout. The heirloom strawberries or non-hybrid species will grow true from seed. Good luck!

  6. I’m from Michigan, and I started growing a strawberry plant, cherry tomatoes and bell peppers all at the same time, from the actual seeds of the fruit/veggie. I’m growing them in containers, indoors, in a window that gets plenty of sun. My tomatoes and peppers have started flowering. The tomatoes have 4 little green tomatoes and lots of yellow flowers. The peppers are right behind with white flowers, no peppers yet, but the strawberry plant is just a nightmare. It’s almost as tall as the window it’s sitting in. And I’ve had to prune the heck out of it because It only seems to grow these fuzzy little bunches of green, things that keeps dropping seeds everywhere. Seeds float to my other two plants and I’ve had to cut strawberry plants out of those pots. There are also different looking leafs in my strawberry plant pot. Wish I could post an image of it. There are no flowers like the ones I see on strawberry websites. It’s not growing flowers at all. Should I dump this beast and start fresh or will it eventually grow flowers and produce fruit when the right season comes? And what are these green fuzzy things growing with all the seeds?

    • Tangie,
      It is hard to know exactly what you are talking about without seeing a picture. But, it is possible that what you are seeing isn’t even a strawberry plant. Or, is this what you are talking about? Regardless, good luck!

  7. Mr. Strawberry,

    Do Hautbois Strawberry (Fragaria Moschata) seeds require the freezing treatment? Are they similar to Alpine Strawberry (Fragaria Vesca) in this way?

    • Alex,
      Yes, go ahead and cold stratify the seeds, and you will likely get a higher germination rate. Good luck!

  8. I stay in Saudi. My strawberry seeds has germinated. It’s Fragole strawberry Rampicanta variety. Can you say me the next step after its sprouted. It’s very hot outside say 35°C and it’s May month. The predicted temp for June and July Vl be average of 40°C to 45°C. And how long Vl it take to fruit from seeds. How many months does it take. And is the temperature favourable?

    • Shagufta,
      No, that temperature is too hot. You’ll need to keep them in a controlled climate until it cools if you want them to live and produce fruit. I’d recommend reading this. Good luck!

  9. Hi new grower here, I froze 2 different seeds, probably hybrid seeds off a store-bought strawberry, and a packet purchased in a strawberry kit. I froze both. Living in Minnesota, when I take them out in May or so, its tricky getting enough sunlight here, as well as temperatures are unpredictable at best. My question is, how many hours of sunlight do my sprouts need per day, as well as what is a good amount of water/moisture for healthy growth? Thanks!

  10. Hello!
    I’m VERY new att planting anything. In history I’ve been known for killing my plastic flowers. But now I’ve got 2 kids that really likes the wildlife so I’ve been trying to grow strawberries from seeds (some climbing strawberries). Now I planted them in a glass and keep them humid under a airhumidizer standing in the window. When will I and my kids see any development (read: Green) in the glass?

    • Mattsson,
      It can take a couple of weeks for the strawberry seeds to germinate, so be patient! You also might want to be careful about the humidifier. Too much humidity can help strawberry plants get sick with fungal diseases. Good luck!

  11. Do strawberry seeds “expire”? I have a packet that says it needs to be sold by 12/2015 and also that it was packaged for 2015. Thanks in advance!

    • Jon,
      Sort of. Strawberry seeds (and most others) are susceptible to losing their vitality as they age. The longer each individual seed goes without germinating, the higher the chance that it will never germinate. Usually, however, in a packet of seeds, there will be a fair number that will still germinate and grow into strawberry plants, even if a lot of them don’t. Good luck!

  12. Mr.Strawberry

    I live in India and have purchased Alpine Strawberry seeds (Baron Von Solemacher). Do I need to cold stratify them, for how many days?, in deep freezer or otherwise.

    Thanks

    Avinash

    • se dadson,
      Zone 10 is hot for strawberries, but you may want to give Chandler a shot. It can perform well in Zone 9, and may do well for you just a bit further south. Good luck!

  13. Hi,mr. Strawberry about how many seeds should i plant in a pot? And how long does it take to germinate the seeds in a freezer

    • Seyla,
      It can’t hurt to cold treat them, but all varieties don’t have to be cold treated. It usually does increase germination rates, however. Good luck!

  14. Mr. Strawberry,

    Excellent site. I am a newbie to this area and I had a few questions that cover various topics that you have included in your website. I have tried scanning the documents for answers, but I also thought I would ask you. Thanks for your patience.

    1. I recently bought some regina strawberry seeds, the packet does not mention anything about them being preconditioned, therefore to precondition them I should place them in the freezer for a month before planting? Is that correct?

    2. I live in a very hot desert climate, therefore my growing method will be hydroponics in a controlled climate environment. I plan to sow the seeds in either rock wool or coco coir, do you have any experience with these two growing mediums and therefore any advice on what would be best, what to avoid etc?

    3. Given that I will be creating the ideal growth conditions in a controlled climate, does it then become irrelevant at what time of the year I sow the seeds, as the ideal growth conditions will be present and maintained.

    4. When seeding in the growth medium should any fertilizer or nutrients be added to encourage growth, if so, what fertilizer/nutrient should be used in what concentrations?

    5. Once the seeds have sprouted I plan on using an N-P-K fertilizer with the following concentrations, 24-12-32. Any advice regarding that?

    6. From what I have read, it seems that hydroponics methods for most plant based fruits and vegetables is a quicker process than conventional gardening. Any truth to that? If so what type of growth cycle can I expect?

    Thank you for your time and patience.

    • Atif,
      In general, it is a good idea to cold-treat seeds prior to germination. It is not absolutely necessary with some varieties, however. If your packet didn’t instruct preconditioning, they should germinate adequately without it. I’d use coco coir over rock wool. Since you’ll be growing in a controlled environment, it doesn’t matter what time of year you germinate the seeds. As for fertilization, you don’t need any extra to get the seeds to germinate, but I am unfamiliar with the best concentrations to use in hydroponic systems, which can grow fruit more quickly due to consistent optimal nutrient delivery. Hope that helps, and good luck!

  15. I moved to Belize several years ago from the US. I have been missing strawberries since they are quite expensive if/when you can find them here. I decided to grow my own since I had done it in the States. I finally tracked down a tiny plant which I have put in a pot on my patio with a good soil mix and it seems quite happy. I have learned here that the sun is very intense and things that require full sun in the States will burn here, so my little plant gets the morning sun and then shade after about noon. Now,my little plant was quiet pricey, so I only got one and I need more. Of course the supplier has no clue what kind of strawberry this is so I don’t know where to go from here because I want lots more plants. I’m wondering if I should pick the flowers and hope for runners or if I should let it fruit and try to harvest seeds. I’m kind of lost here. Any advise is needed!

    • Bambi,
      If the plant was potted and growing when you got it, you probably can allow it to set fruit, if it will. However, in hot climates, the roots warm to a temperature that makes vegetative growth happen instead of fruit production in many cases. Good luck!

  16. Hello Mr Strawberry,
    Why is it that some strawberries grow with LOTS of seeds on the outside?
    Thanking you in advance for a reply.

    • Margaret,
      The genetics dictate the achene formation on the outside of the strawberry’s accessory tissue. The seeds are actually contained within the achenes. Hope that helps!

  17. Hi,
    Thank you for this article!! I just picked a few seeds off a few strawberries i bought at the grocery store. Are those ok to use to start plants and how do i care for the seeds while i am waiting before planting them?
    Thank you,
    Alain

    • Alain,
      Yes, you can save and start seeds from strawberries you purchase in the store, but those strawberries are almost always hybrids. That means it is totally random as to what type of strawberry plant will grow from the seeds. Store the seeds in the refrigerator until you plant them. Good luck!

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