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Thursday, 27 June 2013

A special surprise


Several months ago I brought some Strawberry plants, Fragaria ananassa  from Tanumalala to Alafua to propagate them from their runners. At first I was not sure if they would grow but after keeping them in semi shade and close by so I could keep an eye on them they proved hardy enough and I moved them to the shade house with all my other plants where some started sending out runners which I rooted by simply placing a planting bag filled with soil under the new plantlet and just letting them do their thing.

Strawberry, Fragaria ananassa

Strawberry, Fragaria ananassa daughter plants still attached by their runners to the mother plant.



Strawberry, Fragaria ananassa runner and daughter plant taking root
 Then I pretty much forgot about them other than saying hello to them when I was watering or visiting the plants in the shade house until one day when I they presented me with some beautiful flowers. 

Strawberry, Fragaria ananassa flower
 

Strawberry, Fragaria ananassa flower

 Not long after the fruit formed and ... Yes Virginia, Strawberries do grow in the tropics.

Strawberry, Fragaria ananassa plant with ripe and unripe fruit
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Strawberry, Fragaria ananassa plant with ripe and unripe fruit


Strawberry, Fragaria ananassa plant with ripe and unripe fruit






Strawberry, Fragaria ananassa plant with ripe and unripe fruit






Order: Rosales – Family: Rosaceae – Subfamily: Rosoideae – Genus: Fragaria – Species: Fragaria ananassa


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