Strawberry Plants Wilt Overnight and Die - Knowledgebase Question

Stockbridge, MI
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Question by carpm
June 25, 1999
I have lost 4 healthy plants in the last week. In the evening they are fine and then in the morning the plants are green but completely wilted. It then takes two days to turn completely brown. The plants are healthy and running but something is very wrong, please help.

Answer from NGA
June 25, 1999
It could be that your succulent plants are falling prey to white grubs munching on their roots. The grubs are fat, creamy-colored, have brown heads, and curl up in a spiral when disturbed. Dig up the dead plants and see if they are present. Beneficial nematodes and milky spore disease are two organic controls for these pests. Another culprit could be wireworms, bright coppery-orange, thin worms. They can be especially numerous in areas where sod has been removed to make a garden. They are harder to control organically, but you can trap a good number of them by placing pieces of potato in the garden where you've seen them. They prefer the soft potato tissue, and will collect there, and you can destroy them. Best of luck!

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