The house I bought this spring has tons of wild strawberries. I have always used improved varieties so this was a new experience. I have discovered that these wild strawberries are so much less work. The benefits are that they need absolutely no care. The smaller berries are not heavy enough that it lays on the ground so no bug damage. They are sweeter. And they bear all year if they get plenty of sun. I have included a picture that I took this morning. They also make an awesome edible ground cover. You should give them a chance. I will still use improved varieties but I have been very impressed with the wild ones. I still can't believe I am picking strawberries into October.
The 2nd picture is the strawberry ground cover on the north-side of the house which is no longer bearing. Only the South side is.
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I've got red wild, and white alpine strawberries.
They are amazing little flavour bombs!
Bonus: the birds totally ignore the white ones.
They'll also grow under raspberries; I'm always pleased to find something that will.
Our are still bearing here, too, and they only get 1/2 a day, maybe, of sun. Our climate is likely milder than your, though--we haven't had any real frosts yet, for instance. I wonder how that comes into play? Regardless, I love my wild strawberries and can hardly wait until they take over my yard!
agreed wild strawberries rock!
they are still fruiting here too, and here they are really everywhere growing wild in the forest all over. sometimes they dont do much in the rocky, compacted ground, i transplant them into fluffy soil and then they produce a lot. and totally they have so much flavor packed into such a tiny strawberry.
i am also growing white alpines, they havent started fruiting yet, but i am imagining they will be great too. so far they are super easy like the wild strawberry, needing very little care water or attention and thriving in neglect.
This is my first year with them and they're are still flowering and producing fruit. Awesome plant. Curious though they don't seem to send out runners like my other strawberry plants, how do I go about getting more plants?
I'm just getting things going here in NY where I have about 11 acres of property complete with water (~2 acrepond).
There's a lot of work that needs to be done to get things "permacultured" good and proper.
There's TONS of wild raspberries and the strawberries are doing well and always have in this place (it used to be my grandparents place), but I'm specifically looking for strategies to
a) help propagate the wild strawberries (they're already hardy and perennial) on a larger scale (i.e. how to nudge them into out competing the other local weeds)
b) how to design to make harvesting a bit easier.
The plants grow all over the property, but there's lots of competition.
Comfry and dandelions are great, grass no so much...