Wild strawberry or woodland strawberry (fragaria vesca) is a great plant to add to your garden. They have a very strong strawberry fragrance that when walking through a forest you can often smell wild strawberries before you see them. Despite being smaller than the common strawberries, they make up for it by being packed full of flavour! They are common to the Northern-hemisphere, and are found in open woods, stream banks, and meadows.
Wild strawberries are a hardy perennial and will do well once established. You can sow them indoors in early spring, and then transplant them once they are a good size and when there is no risk of frost outside. An easy project is to make your own plastic pots by cutting the top off of pop bottles. Fill it with some store bought (sterilized) soil, surface sow the seed, and press seed into soil (needs light to germinate). It’s a very easy project to get your strawberries started early.
A tea can be made out of the berries and leaves. There are many purported health benefits provided from it, treating ailments such as: protecting against degeneration of the eyes, arthritis and gout, high blood pressure, heart disease, improving cognitive function, treatment for diarrhea, and more.
Perennial: hardy in zones 5-9
Time to sow: Spring to early summer, fall
Light conditions: Full sun to partial shade
Uses: Culinary, Medicinal, Tea
How to Grow Wild Strawberries
Perennial: Hardy in zones 3 to 10. Full sun to partial shade. Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6 to 6.5. Surface sow seed as it needs light to germinate. For best germination results grow indoors in sterilized soil; black earth/peat moss mixture. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Transplant outside after risk of frost. Germination takes 2 to 4 weeks.