How to Care for Woodland Strawberry


Woodland strawberries are the wild cousins of the domesticated plant. They do produce small flowers in the spring and tiny edible berries later in early summer, but gardeners use them mainly as fast-spreading ground covers to help hold the soil.

Step 1

Plant woodland strawberries in well drained soil. If the soil in the spot you have in mind is clay, or if it usually stays very wet, dig up the flower bed to a depth of at least 6 inches and then mix a lot of compost or sand into the soil to encourage good drainage.

Step 2

Give your strawberries room to grow. They spread by sending out runners from the mother plant, and they will grow around and even over other plants, so it's best to give them a bed all to themselves.

Step 3

Water your strawberries two or three times a week. Water till the ground is thoroughly wet, and then let it dry out completely before you water again. Too little water may make your plants susceptible to spider mites, while too much makes them vulnerable to powdery mildew.

Step 4

Once a year, mix some rotted manure into the strawberry bed around the plants. Do this either in the spring or the fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Woodland strawberry plants
  • Shovel
  • Compost or sand
  • Water
  • Rotted manure


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Cheyenne Cartwright has worked in publishing for more than 25 years. She has served as an editor for several large nonprofit institutions, and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including "Professional Bull Rider Magazine." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma Christian University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Tulsa.