The Q&A Archives: Wilting Strawberry Plants

Question: We have plenty of rain this spring and my plants, looked pretty good with runners and tall plants, but now the leaves seem to be curling then wilting then turning brown and some have died. Please tell me what might be wrong. Also they are in a well drainage area and are planted in mushroom soil strictly.

Answer: Unfortunately, strawberries are subject to a number of foliage problems and diseases. Wet weather makes the problems worse, as does crowding because it reduces air circulation and increases competition between the plants. You might wish to consult with your county extension (253-5970) to verify the specific cause of the problem and any suggested remedies for it. Keep in mind that disease susceptibility varies between named varieties, so you may want to look for a resistant type in the future. Also, since some of the problems are soil borne, make sure to rotate your strawberry plantings every few years to try to limit reinfection. I'm sorry about your plants.

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