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Fragaria vesca 'White Soul' (Wild strawberry 'White Soul')

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skill rating
5 hours care
per year
0.3m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Fragaria vesca 'White Soul'

Other names

Woodland Strawberry 'White Soul', Alpine strawberry 'White Soul', Wild strawberry 'White Soul', Wild white strawberry 'White Soul'

Genus

Fragaria Fragaria

Variety or Cultivar

'White Soul' _ 'White Soul' is a stoloniferous perennial with rosettes of bright green leaves divided into three ovate, toothed leaflets. Clusters of 5-petalled white flowers in late spring are followed by small, pointed, edible creamy-white fruit harvested over a long period from late summer to mid- or late autumn.


Fragaria vesca 'White Soul' is: Deciduous

Habit

Spreading

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer; Bright-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

It is best to rotate crops to avoid pest and disease problems.

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Vine weevil Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Vine weevil

Diseases

'Pegasus' has an open habit, which makes it less susceptible to grey mould.

Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Root rot , Virus Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Root rot , Virus

General care

Pruning

Remove excess runners as necessary.

Propagation

Sow in mid- to late spring indoors. Plant out in early summer. Woodland Strawberries rarely form runners, and are usually propagated by seed or division.

Propagation methods

Runners, Seed


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Where to grow

Fragaria vesca 'White Soul' (Wild strawberry 'White Soul') will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Containers, Flavouring food and drinks, Ground Cover, Wildlife

Cultivation

Prefers a fertile, moist but well-drained, alkaline soil in sun. Plant 15cm apart through black polythene or apply straw to keep strawberries clean. Tolerates light shade though fruit may be reduced. Tolerates acid soil.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Fragaria vesca 'White Soul'

Other names

Woodland Strawberry 'White Soul', Alpine strawberry 'White Soul', Wild strawberry 'White Soul', Wild white strawberry 'White Soul'

Genus

Fragaria Fragaria

Variety or Cultivar

'White Soul' _ 'White Soul' is a stoloniferous perennial with rosettes of bright green leaves divided into three ovate, toothed leaflets. Clusters of 5-petalled white flowers in late spring are followed by small, pointed, edible creamy-white fruit harvested over a long period from late summer to mid- or late autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Spreading


Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer; Bright-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

It is best to rotate crops to avoid pest and disease problems.

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Vine weevil

Diseases

'Pegasus' has an open habit, which makes it less susceptible to grey mould.

Specific diseases

Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Root rot , Virus

General care

Pruning

Remove excess runners as necessary.

Propagation

Sow in mid- to late spring indoors. Plant out in early summer. Woodland Strawberries rarely form runners, and are usually propagated by seed or division.

Propagation methods

Runners, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Fragaria vesca 'White Soul' (Wild strawberry 'White Soul') will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Containers, Flavouring food and drinks, Ground Cover, Wildlife

Cultivation

Prefers a fertile, moist but well-drained, alkaline soil in sun. Plant 15cm apart through black polythene or apply straw to keep strawberries clean. Tolerates light shade though fruit may be reduced. Tolerates acid soil.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Fragaria vesca 'White Soul' (Wild strawberry 'White Soul')

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Fragaria vesca 'White Soul' (Wild strawberry 'White Soul')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Strawberry latent C virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Pest is difficult to detect but appears to be mitigated by current legislation.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Fragaria vesca 'White Soul' (Wild strawberry 'White Soul')

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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