Growth Habit: Upright
Planting Instructions: Grow in moist, well-drained soil. Soak plants in water a few minutes before planting. May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a wide, shallow hole large enough to accommodate the roots comfortably. Then spread the roots evenly inside the hole and cover them with soil, setting the crown (the point where stem and roots meet) at soil level. Firm the soil with your hands and water thoroughly. Placing the crown precisely at soil level-rather than deeper or higher-is very important. It keeps the crown from rotting or from drying out.
Divide Fraises des Bois plants every 3 years or so, as needed, just as growth begins to show in the spring. Dig and cut the crowns into 2-4 pieces, making sure that each piece has a good root system. Replant right away.
Watering and fertilizing: Strawberries require 1-2" of water a week. If rain is inadequate, water deeply whenever the top 1" of soil is dry to the touch. To prevent disease, avoid watering in the evening. Heat and drought bring flowering and fruiting to a halt and may kill plants outright. Mulching with 2" of an organic material (such as straw) helps the soil retain moisture and stay cool, prevents weed seed germination, and keeps the fruits off the soil.
Don't fertilize at planting time. Later, when Fraises des Bois begins to form berries, fertilize with a balanced, timed-release fertilizer. In subsequent years, fertilize in early spring, and once again in late June.