Most strawberry plants are cultivated hybrids that won't grow true from seed, however they will if there are species plants such as the alpine varieties or one of the new range of F1 cultivars that are now available. Luckily, should you manage to find some suitable seeds you will find that they are surprisingly easy to germinate.

These seeds can be lightly sown onto a seed tray filled with a good quality compost such as John Innes ‘Seed and Cutting’ compost.

Cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost - no more than 1/4 inch - and gently water in.
Transfer the seed tray to a cold, greenhouse or even a well-lit room as both are suitable for germination which should take anywhere between 2 and 8 weeks. If the seedlings are at risk of slug or snail damage then place a sheet of glass or clear plastic over the top of the seed tray.

Once germinated, the seedlings can be gently lifted and potted on into 9 cm pots using John Innes 'No.1' or 'No.2'. Try and disturb the rots as little as possible.

Come the following autumn they should be ready to transplant outside ready for fruiting the following year.

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