Soft, bland strawberries

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Soft, bland strawberries

Post by subyz » Tue May 15, 2012 9:26 pm

Our strawberries are so disappointing! This is the first year for our Sparkles and the 3rd year for Seascape. The berries are soft and turn to mush quickly and have very little flavor. An internet search suggested either excessive rain (hasn't been) or fertilizer problem. I applied some Hollytone and a bit of 10-10-10 about the time the blossoms were forming. We are in Tidewater VA. Any suggestions?

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Re: Soft, bland strawberries

Post by lorijones » Fri May 18, 2012 11:20 am

Don't use 10-10-10 on your strawberries - instead use Espoma Plant-tone. The problem may be botrytis. Spray with organic PureSpray Green (http://thegardeningrevolution.com/purespray_green) when the berries are small and green and then spray again with PureSpray Green when the berries are just turning color.

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