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Strawberry 'Mignonette'

Fragaria x ananassa

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Belonging to the Strawberry genus (Fragaria x ananassa 'Mignonette'), Mignonette is a variety of Strawberry. 'Mignonette' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar.

This French delicacy may be the perfect little strawberry. They are bigger than most alpine strawberries, bright red, deliciously sweet, and easy to care for. The compact perennial plants form pretty little mounds that will bear strawberries the first year. Set them around the edges of the flower garden, in hanging baskets, and windowsill planters for easy picking. Strawberry plants make lovely container plants. Their flowers are pretty, and in the Fall the leaves turn bright red.

This variety is a Fruit that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Mignonette is known for growing to a height of approximately 20.0 cm (that's 7.8 inches in imperial). This variety tends to bloom in early spring.

France is believed to be where Mignonette originates from.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Mignonette Strawberry is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Mignonette have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Mignonette

  • Full Sun

  • High

Diseases: Mould.
Pests: Slugs, Strawberry root weevils, and sowbugs.

When berries are fully red, soft and ripe, pick the berries. Keep the berries picked to encourage more production of fruit and flowers. Put your freshly picked strawberries in a bowl of cold water, and gently swish about to dislodge soil from the berries.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Mignonette is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Mignonette are Zone 3 and Zone 10. Planting Mignonette in loamy and clay soil with a ph of between 5.5 and 7.5 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Mignonette from seed

Indoors, start the tiny seeds in late winter, from November to the end of January. Using bottom heat assists germination. Do not cover and expect germination in 8-10 days. Keep seed moist until they germinate.

Outdoors, after the last frost, the tiny seed can be sown in a nursury bed of very fine soil.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 11.7 inches (30.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.0 inches (0.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Mignonette

When the seedlings are big enough to handle, in about 8 weeks, transplant them to a prepared site in the garden, spacing them 30cm (12") apart. Fertilize them with liquid kelp. The next year, fertilize regularly with complete organic fertilizer. Keep the plants well watered during the fruiting season.

As Mignonette is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Mignonette

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid spring.

Other Names for Strawberry 'Mignonette'

Alpine strawberry, European woodland strawberry, Fraises des bois

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