Fruit and Vegetables

Sick strawberries

Question: What affects my strawberry plant?

hi i have 1 strawberry plant. since a month. for 10 days she has been ill every 1 | 2 days, 1 leaf is blackened, with a burnt effect. aiutooooooooo thanks hello

Sick strawberries: Answer: strawberry diseases

Dear Mariella,
despite the small size and the tender and delicate appearance, the strawberry plants are decidedly resistant and vigorous, and do not get scared at nothing; there are not many diseases that affect them, generally what makes the foliage dark and dry is the botrytis, or gray mold, which develops mainly in poorly ventilated areas or when the cultivation soil remains very wet for a long time. To prevent this mold from spreading, generally the waterings are reduced and the diseased leaves are removed. Another disease that often spreads on the foliage of strawberries is called pitting, it is a fungus, which develops by first producing small spots on the foliage, which subsequently turns yellow and dry; also in this case, the very humid soil, and waterings made by also wetting the leaves, tend to favor the development of the fungus. Another very simple reason that causes the death of some leaves is the simple vegetative rest of the plant, which tends to dry out the outer leaves, because in vegetative rest. Generally, strawberries tend to grow more and better in cool and wet seasons, ie in spring and autumn, while in winter and summer (especially if the climate is very hot) they tend to become dormant, during which they do not need a lot of care. The waterings supplied in the summer must be only sporadic, suitable only to keep the small plants alive, since they are in vegetative rest and do not need so much water. To eradicate the fungal diseases that have developed, the best thing to do is to remove the damaged leaves, not only the completely dry ones, but also those that eventually present only small spots; in addition to this it is good to thin out the waterings, supplying them only when the soil is well dry.