Besides varieties like Tresca, Fresca, Temptation and such, have any of you ever planted regular garden strawberry seeds and grown them? I mean, say for a variety like Fort Laramie? I intend to do it (indoors in a container; I'll probably plant the whole strawberry).
I planted seeds from Tresca, Fresca, Ozark Beauty, Quinault, and Tristar. Due to unsafe growing practices, they all got diseased (except for Tristar, which didn't sprout before I threw it out on account of disease in the growing environment). Nevertheless, I transplanted the others. They're very easy to grow from seed. You don't need to use cold-stratification. Just mush berries up in the soil and keep them watered. I've learned that misting the leaves is a bad idea, though. Avoid unsanitized seeds from diseased plants. Avoid rooting runners indoors next to your seed-grown plants.
Alpine types sprout faster and more numerously, but garden strawberries are easy enough.
I never got more fruits from Allstar and Fort Laramie to try.
I also grew more alpine strawberries, but I only transplanted Reine des Vallees'. They got diseased, too. I'm pretty sure zapping the seeds should kill any disease in them. I'm just worried about whether my windowsill has the disease on/around it from the other plants, and whether any of the houseplants are carrying it.
Here's a post I put on another forum, off-site, on 16/17 July 2019 (although it includes a lot of information about alpine types):
I've grown Alexandria and Yellow Wonder from both store-bought seeds and from fruits those grew. We've had plants for I think a few years now.
I started Reine des Vallees' this spring. It's in the garden, now.
I've tried other alpine types, but they either died in the greenhouse or didn't sprout (probably because of the soil). I think they're easier to start indoors in just regular potting soil.
I started Tresca and Fresca. They're young plants in my windowsill, now.
I recently grew seeds from Ozark Beauty, and some of them sprouted (also in my windowsill), and I more recently planted seeds from Quinault.
To start the seeds, I prefer to mush whole berries up in the container soil (mixing them with the top part of the soil) and just keep them watered, in a south window, indoors. It's worked for me (with and without a fan going). I don't think that cold stratification is necessary. Seedlings can be delicate (so be careful). They stay small for a good while, but otherwise, I think they're about as easy to start as tomatoes.
Strawberries can be split up easily later if overseeded (at least the alpine types; my garden strawberries are still young; so, I don't have experience splitting them up, yet). How much later, I'm not sure of the ideal maturity. Alpine types can still fruit well if you don't separate them, though.
I've only had fruit from Alexandria and Yellow Wonder, so far (for seed-grown plants). Alexandria did better with production the first year, but Yellow Wonder has done better with production than Alexandria after that. I like them both for flavor. They're each unique. The plants look nice, too. Alexandria had better and/or faster germination rates than Yellow Wonder, both with purchased seed and planted fruits. In my climate, with both varieties, the fruits will dry on the plant instead of spoiling, if you don't pick them fast.