White Strawberry Growing Guide
White strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa) are also known as pineberries, hula berries and alpine berries.
They grow in pretty much the same way as regular red strawberries but they produce small white berries that have a citrus like flavor.
Many people describe the taste as a combination of pineapple and strawberry, hence the name pineberries.
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HOW TO GROW WHITE STRAWBERRIES (PINEBERRIES)
Pineberries are easy perennial plants to grow, either in the garden or in containers.
They don’t produce much fruit in the first year but you can expect an abundance of berries in the second and third year of growth.
You can also use the runners to propagate more pineberry plants.
Planting White Strawberries in the Garden
Choose an area of the garden that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight each day and has protection from late spring frosts.
Strawberries like rich, fertile soil, so before planting, dig some organic matter into the soil.
Plant the bare root plants or runners about 12 inches (30 cm) apart and mulch around the base to retain moisture in the soil.
As the weather warms up in spring, the plants will begin to bloom and the strawberries will be ripe for harvesting about 4 to 6 weeks after the plants flower. 
In the first year of growth, you may not get many pineberries on each vine and those that do grow are usually small in size.
Some people prefer to pinch off the flowers as they appear in the first year of growth to help the plant become established and achieve a greater yield in the following years.
The plants can stay in the ground over the winter months, but they will need to be heavily mulched to protect them from frost, snow and cold temperatures.
Pests and Diseases
White strawberries are very susceptible to damage from slugs and birds.
You can set up a slug trap made from beer, use a slug repellent that is safe for pets or go slug hunting in the garden after dark and pick them off one by one.
After the plants have been pollinated, it’s a good idea to cover the plants with netting to stop the birds eating the fruit as its ripening.
Powdery mildew can also be a problem for white strawberry plants, so always lift the leaves and water the base of the plant to keep the leaves dry.
Growing White Strawberries in Containers
White strawberries will also grow well in containers or planters designed especially for growing strawberries.
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Growing White Strawberries from Seeds
I wouldn’t recommend trying to grow white strawberries from seed.
It’s a waste of time because the seeds don’t grow true to type because they’re a hybrid.
You’re much better off planting runners or bare root plants.
The berries are ripe when the skin becomes a creamy white color.
If the pineberries are easy to pull off the vine then they’re ready to harvest.
How to use Pineberries
Pineberries can be used in recipes in place of regular strawberries for an interesting twist.
They look great in fruit salads and desserts. You can also eat them fresh from the vine and enjoy their sweet citrus flavor.
Store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week and wash them just before you’re ready to use them.
So there are my tips for growing white strawberries.
If you’re looking an interesting and unusual fruit to grow in your garden, you can’t go past pineberries.
I hope this has inspired you to try growing these attractive berries in your garden.
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