I did some researching and it turns out that hybridization is the reason why you cannot propagate just any strawberry plant from seed, especially the ones at the store (which are surely hybrids). You would be better off buying the seeds that you know will have the proper genetics.
[url=https://www.strawberry-recipes.com/strawberry-seeds.html]Here[/url] is the article.
It says that wild strawberries produce flowers that are male and female (maybe even entire plants that are male or female, the article wasn't clear). This is probably why my wild one never gave berries
Commercial strawberries, it says, bred to be self-pollinating, but the seeds don't breed true. This all makes me conclude that it's better for me not to be such a cheapskate and just purchase some good, self-pollinating plants and clone them over a year or two.
I do take issue with one statement that was made in the article: "Inventive gardeners don't have to give up on the idea of growing strawberries from strawberry seeds, though. When a gardener plants the grains of several different strawberry varieties, the flowers will cross-pollinate and make a new kind of strawberry, one that does look and taste as good as the parent varieties. By experimenting with different combinations, gardeners can create new strawberries with all of the qualities they are looking for."
This makes it sound simpler than it is, and it almost makes it sound like the cross will affect the first year fruit. If you wanted to create some new varieties, you would have to deliberately cross plants, harvest the berry, then grow it out and observer the results. Even then, you'd probably still have to propagate the cross by runners, so why not just skip all the effort and just get the cultivated varieties to begin with (unless, of course, you do want to try creating your own varieties or the kind you want is possible to grow from seed)?
Yeah, I know I kind of just defeated the purpose of my creating this post
I can't find the site, but I did read where one method of growing them was to just cut off a piece of skin and plant it (and the seeds) right in the garden! However. I've noticed that many sources say to chill them, so this may best be done in the late fall before the winter.
A better method is to put some berries in a blender with some water, run it a few times, and then the seeds will drain to the bottom.
Well, this is it for my strawberry rant......for now