Pineberries are a unique and delicious fruit that are perfect for adding to any recipe. They are versatile and can be used in pies, jams, or simply eaten fresh. Best of all, they are easy to grow.
With a little patience and care, you can enjoy fresh pineberries all season long. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
The Origin of Pineberries
Pineberries are a type of strawberry that is native to South America. They were first introduced to Europe in the 18th century and have been gaining in popularity ever since.
Pineberries have a tart yet sweet flavor that is reminiscent of pineapple, hence their name. They are also one of the only types of strawberry that is white instead of red.
Where to Grow Pineberries
If you live in an area with a moderate climate, you can easily grow pineberries at home. They do best in full sun but can also tolerate partial shade. Pineberries are not frost-tolerant, so it is important to wait until all danger of frost has passed before planting them outdoors.
Pineberries can be grown from seed or from runners (also called “stolons”). If you are growing pineberries from seed, it is best to start them indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Sow the seeds on the surface of a sterile, soilless mix and keep them moist but not wet. The seeds will germinate best at temperatures between 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the seedlings have their second set of true leaves, they can be transplanted into 4-inch pots.
Growing from Runners
If you are growing pineberries from runners, the process is similar except that you will need to purchase runners from a reputable nursery or online retailer. Once you have your runners, plant them 1-2 inches deep in moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. water regularly and fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every other week during the growing season.
Pineberries will bear fruit approximately 18 months after planting. For best results, remove any blossoms that form during the first year so that the plants can focus on establishing themselves. Once established, however, your plants should produce an abundance of fruit every year for many years to come.