How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Wild Strawberry

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Growing wild strawberries (Fragaria vesca), often known as forest strawberries or alpine strawberries, can be beneficial. This step-by-step method will help you grow these delicious berries:  

Wild strawberries like well-draining, slightly acidic to neutral soil. Choose an area with partial shade to full sun. Forest or garden edges suit them because they tolerate shade.  

1.  Choosing the Right Location

Wild strawberries are available in nurseries and garden centres. Request more plants from friends or neighbours.  

2. Obtaining Wild Strawberry Plants

Plant in cool early spring or autumn. Plants should be placed 8-12 inches apart in tiny holes. Place plants in holes with the crown (where roots meet leaves) at soil level. Thoroughly water after planting.  

3. Planting

Wild strawberries like organic, wet, well-draining soil. Mulch around plants to preserve moisture and control weeds.  

4. Soil Requirements

Maintain soil moisture, especially in dry periods. Avoid overhead watering and water plants at the base to prevent infections.  

5. Watering

fertiliser is rarely needed for wild strawberries. A balanced, slow-release spring fertiliser should work. Nitrogen can produce luxuriant foliage but reduce fruit output.  

6. Fertilizing

Remove runners and overgrowth to improve airflow and prevent disease. Pruning after fruiting promotes growth.  

7. Pruning

Watch for slugs, snails, and aphids. Use organic pest control as needed. Avoid overhead irrigation and promote airflow to prevent fungal illnesses.  

8. Pests and Diseases

In late spring and early summer, wild strawberries produce small, tasty berries. When the berries are fully ripe, usually red, harvest them. Pick the berries gently to protect the vines.  

9. Harvesting

Wild strawberries are delicious fresh and in jams, pies, and salads.  

10. Enjoying the Harvest

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