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Tomato cage for strawberries ??

Post  Tbites on 5/30/2011, 8:24 pm

I transplanted these 10 days ago, they were already quite tall but standing up straight.

Though I covered them for the last week during the rains, they still got some rain and now they aren't looking too perky. [img][/img]


Today was finally very sunny, also very hot. The make shift hanger support I put in today until I figure out what I should do. Support these with a mini tomato cage until they recover ? Otherwise they just lay on the soil... see what I think is water damage on leaf [img][/img]

By the way, most of my strawberry plants have varying degrees of limp, just that the other plants are much shorter.

Thanks for your help


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Re: Tomato cage for strawberries ??

Post  martha on 5/30/2011, 9:34 pm

I hope I am wrong, but your mention of the rains made me think of red steele. Your MM looks great, and does not qualify as "a poor drainage area", but with heavy, constant rain, the same conditions might apply.

But again - I really want to be wrong!

http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/fruitpathology/organic/strawberry/root.html
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Post  Tbites on 5/31/2011, 6:31 am

So the only way to confirm if that's it is to strip the root, I guess that would require sacrificing the plant ?
I sure hope that isn't it, the article states it would live in the soil for 13 years... so the whole bed of MM would be doomed affraid

Any other suggestions anyone ?
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Post  WardinWake on 5/31/2011, 7:10 am

@Tbites wrote:So the only way to confirm if that's it is to strip the root, I guess that would require sacrificing the plant ?
I sure hope that isn't it, the article states it would live in the soil for 13 years... so the whole bed of MM would be doomed affraid

Any other suggestions anyone ?

Howdy Tbites:

Check the moisture in your Mel's Mix. If it is not moist in the root zone you will need to add water. I water our strawberries on most days being sure to deep water. Some of my strawberry beds are from last year and have a good root system and do not wilt quickly. Other beds are transplants from last years beds and need more water than the other beds.

God Bless, Ward and Mary.
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