The Q&A Archives: Mold on Strawberries

Question: I just bought and planted strawberries. When the fruit is white and unripe it seems OK, but as it turns red and ripens it starts getting grey mold on it. Is this a disease, or are they just adjusting to transplanting? Is there any way to prevent this from happening, and will this jeopardize any surrounding plants?

Answer: Sounds like gray mold, which attacks strawberries when the weather is wet and humid, or the beds are overcrowded and the air circulation is poor. Thin your plants to give them lots of elbow room, make sure they're getting full sunshine all day, and pick off the infected berries as soon as you notice the mold. That should keep the problem in check. As the weather warms up, gray mold should be less of a problem.

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