1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

What happened to my strawberries? :(

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by Lottie222, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. Lottie222

    Lottie222 Gardener

    Joined:
    May 11, 2018
    Messages:
    38
    Ratings:
    +35
  2. Gail_68

    Gail_68 Guest

    Ratings:
    +0
  3. silu

    silu gardening easy...hmmm

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2010
    Messages:
    3,636
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Igloo
    Ratings:
    +7,896
    Yours doesn't look like it's rotten, it looks incredibly dry? I don't grow strawberries but live quite close to a huge strawberry farm. Check out Boron deficiency in your strawberries? which I know the farm fertilizes against and I also know they use huge amounts of fertilizer while the strawberries are growing. If you grow yours organically then maybe someone more up on soil deficiencies for certain crops maybe able to help.
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
    • Tetters

      Tetters Gardener

      Joined:
      Apr 25, 2017
      Messages:
      2,237
      Gender:
      Female
      Location:
      Kent
      Ratings:
      +5,249
      Botrytis and grey mould has plagued strawberry growers this season. Some farms have lost entire crops. It is the result of our weather. :sad:
       
      • Like Like x 1
      • Informative Informative x 1
      • Verdun

        Verdun Passionate gardener

        Joined:
        Oct 16, 2012
        Messages:
        4,677
        Gender:
        Male
        Location:
        West Cornwall
        Ratings:
        +10,214
        Looks like botrytis to me Lottie.
        Is the soil damp or even wet?

        If mine, I would discard the plants and start again with fresh stock
         
        • Like Like x 1
        • Verdun

          Verdun Passionate gardener

          Joined:
          Oct 16, 2012
          Messages:
          4,677
          Gender:
          Male
          Location:
          West Cornwall
          Ratings:
          +10,214
          Oops! You copied me Tetters :snorky:
           
          • Funny Funny x 1
          • Scrungee

            Scrungee Well known for it

            Joined:
            Dec 5, 2010
            Messages:
            13,909
            Location:
            Central England on heavy clay soil
            Ratings:
            +22,463
            • Informative Informative x 1
            • silu

              silu gardening easy...hmmm

              Joined:
              Oct 20, 2010
              Messages:
              3,636
              Gender:
              Female
              Location:
              Igloo
              Ratings:
              +7,896
              Funny what the difference of a few 100 miles makes. The soft fruit growers in Perthshire have never had as good a season and the raspberries look to be as good as the strawberries were. Only snag was that the strawberries ripened quickly and all sort of at once due to the heatwave.
               
              • Informative Informative x 1
              • Tetters

                Tetters Gardener

                Joined:
                Apr 25, 2017
                Messages:
                2,237
                Gender:
                Female
                Location:
                Kent
                Ratings:
                +5,249
                No.... you copied me, I got in there first :yes:
                @silu, I agree, the South East has had a heat wave and a half, and there is botrytis and grey mould on quite a lot of plants around here. There was a story on the local TV news very recently showing devastation to strawberry crops.
                We can`t do anything about weather conditions :noidea:
                 
                • Informative Informative x 1
                • Verdun

                  Verdun Passionate gardener

                  Joined:
                  Oct 16, 2012
                  Messages:
                  4,677
                  Gender:
                  Male
                  Location:
                  West Cornwall
                  Ratings:
                  +10,214
                  Tetters, you mean I......er, lost? :sad:
                  You can still eat those strawberries if you add lots of cornish clotted cream :snorky: (joke folks......dont do that :love30:)
                   
                  • Funny Funny x 2
                  • silu

                    silu gardening easy...hmmm

                    Joined:
                    Oct 20, 2010
                    Messages:
                    3,636
                    Gender:
                    Female
                    Location:
                    Igloo
                    Ratings:
                    +7,896
                    Yes @Tetters but so have we had a heatwave! It has been regularly over 30 oc and had no rain whatsoever since about the middle of May until a few days ago. All grass stopped growing and farmers are feeding their stores meant for winter.
                    I know it is difficult to believe but Scotland really can be very warm at times. I remember the heatwave of 1976 and I was living in Pinner at the time and tube strapping up to London....absolutely ghastly. Here has been just about as warm as it was then except we don't get the dreadful humidity so perhaps it is that which has desvasted the Strawberries in your neck of the woods.
                     
                    • Friendly Friendly x 1
                    • Verdun

                      Verdun Passionate gardener

                      Joined:
                      Oct 16, 2012
                      Messages:
                      4,677
                      Gender:
                      Male
                      Location:
                      West Cornwall
                      Ratings:
                      +10,214
                      Strawberries have been excellent down here.
                      The pick your own fruit growers have said this is one of their best ever summers for strawberries :wow:
                       
                      • Like Like x 1
                      • JWK

                        JWK Gardener

                        Joined:
                        Jun 3, 2008
                        Messages:
                        19,520
                        Gender:
                        Male
                        Location:
                        Surrey
                        Ratings:
                        +19,919
                        All my strawberries came at once, even though I have three different varieties chosen to give succession picking. Then the plants have mostly died due to lack of rain, I should have watered more but other plants were a priority. I think my patch will need completely re planting.

                        As for the OP I agree it's botrytis, are all your plant affected?
                         
                        • Like Like x 1
                        • Lottie222

                          Lottie222 Gardener

                          Joined:
                          May 11, 2018
                          Messages:
                          38
                          Ratings:
                          +35
                          The plant looks super healthy and well - would that still be the case with a fungus ie just the fruit? It has been really hot and dry, I've watered daily but wondering if it could just be lack of water?
                           
                          • Friendly Friendly x 1
                          • Lottie222

                            Lottie222 Gardener

                            Joined:
                            May 11, 2018
                            Messages:
                            38
                            Ratings:
                            +35
                            What does that mean pls?
                             
                            • Friendly Friendly x 1

                            Share This Page