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Old 30th July 2019
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Blue Strawberry Blues

In 2017 I purchased some strawberry seeds from a seller on Ebay. They were listed as "Blue Strawberry Seeds" and the image of the fruit was distinctly blue.

The seeds were not sown until 2018 and the plants have been flowering recently. After considerably anticipation, the fruits were very much a strawberry red.

So, what do they taste like? Dry, with very little juice and not flavour, very gritty due to a huge number of seeds. the fruit is of similar size to the European wild species.

There are many types of plants in garish colours offered for sale, some flowers with alternate colours of petals. These are all Chinese faked images produced by Photoshop, or a fake version of it. The plants are not biologically possible.

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Re: Blue Strawberry Blues

It gets worse, they aren't even Strawberries! The yellow flowers should have rung alarn bells.

https://strawberryplants.org/strawbe...ellow-flowers/
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Re: Blue Strawberry Blues

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It gets worse, they aren't even Strawberries!

https://strawberryplants.org/strawbe...ellow-flowers/
They very similar to the wild form of the Alpine Strawberry Fragaria vesca, except for the flower colour.

However they are probably Potentilla indica.

https://strawberryplants.org/strawbe...ellow-flowers/

That makes them yellow (flowers) not blue (fruit).

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Re: Blue Strawberry Blues

Another invasive foreigner, Boris will weed it out for you!

I have the alpine strawberry running wild throughout the garden, the blackbirds are very happy with them.
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Re: Blue Strawberry Blues

This is the image used in the listing:



This is not the fruit from the plant I have illustrated.

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Another invasive foreigner, Boris will weed it out for you!
If it had been blue it might have become a party emblem.

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they are probably Potentilla indica.

Luckily not Potentilla reptans (Creeping Cinquefoil), a pernicious, invasive weed, that spreads everywhere by runners, but is easier to spot early as the leaves have 4 lobes. Widely known amongst gardeners as 'strawberry weed', but difficult to Google these days using that term due to so much content on the internet about a variety of illegal plant of the same name grown by hydroponics 'gardeners'.
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Re: Blue Strawberry Blues

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Another invasive foreigner,
Are you referring to Boris - or the plant?
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I have the alpine strawberry running wild throughout the garden, the blackbirds are very happy with them.
Likewise. The fruits are delicious and beautifully scented, though so small that it takes forever to pick a useful quantity
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