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Proper control of diseases and pests of strawberries


Strawberry is the most popular berry crop, and while growing it, not one gardener is immune from the appearance of various kinds of diseases and pests. Currently, a huge number of varieties of this crop that are resistant to the most common ailments have been developed, but the danger of their occurrence always exists, so it is very important to know how to correctly identify and cure the disease. In this article we will talk about the description of the most common diseases of the berries, find out why they occur and what to do in each case.

Description of the main diseases of strawberry and fight against them

There are many diseases of strawberries and they are all different. Some affect the aboveground part of the plant, and others the root system. The most dangerous diseases adversely affect the entire plant as a whole, thereby causing its death.

Having noticed the signs of the disease on the bush, it is necessary to start treatment immediately, because ultimately the illness can spread and destroy the entire plantation and crop.

Sick strawberry bush

Strawberry anthracnose

This disease affects the entire above-ground part of the plant, including leaves, stems and berries. The danger of the disease lies in the fact that under its influence you can lose not only most of the harvest, but also strawberry bushes themselves.

Initially, on the leaves you can see gray spots surrounded by a crimson stripe, dark brown sores and gray dots form on the stems. If the disease begins to progress, the stem completely dies off.

Still unripe fruits gradually dry up and wither, while bright, small and watery specks appear on ripe berries, which eventually grow, darken and become covered with mold.

Curing the disease is not so easy. The treatment of anthracnose is a rather complicated process that requires a quick reaction, because otherwise the disease progresses rapidly and becomes the cause of the death of the plant:

  1. If the disease is in the initial stage and is present on the bush for no more than 7-10 days, Ryoitl-Gold, Metaxil and Quadris fungicides can cope with it;
  2. In more advanced cases, use 1% Brodsky liquid.
Strawberry anthracnose

White, gray and black rot

Gray rot spreads very quickly and begins its course with berries. They form brown spots with a gray fluffy bloom, they quickly grow and cause fetal death, after which they smoothly pass to the stem and leaves of the plant.

Unfortunately, in this case, the plant cannot be cured. When rot is found, the affected bushes are removed and burned to avoid the spread of fungus in the garden area.

As a preventive measure for the appearance of rot on strawberries, it is treated with Brodsky liquid twice per season, in early spring and after harvest. It is also very important to follow all the rules of agricultural engineering.

White rot most often occurs due to too dense planting. Initially, all ripe fruits begin to become covered with white down, after which the leaves become whitish, dry and die. To avoid the spread of the disease to healthy shrubs, you can use treatments with Derozalom. Sick bushes have to be destroyed.

Black rot is formed due to excessive moisture. The berries darken and become watery, they form at first a colorless and then dark brown patina, characteristic of fungal diseases. Affected plants are removed and burned.

White rot

Rhizoctoniosis disease

Otherwise, this disease is called black root rot. Young black stalks form small black dots that eventually grow and merge. As a result, they become fragile and brittle. The aboveground part of the plant is also infected. She becomes brown and dies.

To cure such a disease is impossible, the affected bush must be removed. After that, the soil is watered with a solution of potassium permanganate or other similar means. As a preventive measure, it is worth planting only high-quality seedlings and carrying out systematic treatments with fungicides.


White and brown spotting

White spot is a very common disease. Brown dots appear on young leaves, and on older leaves white spots with a purple frame. They gradually grow and unite, after which the leaves become perforated.

Cure disease is impossible, the diseased plants are dug out and burned. The soil is fed with phosphorus-potassium fertilizers and disinfected. Healthy bushes are treated with copper-based chemicals.

You can avoid white spotting by not planting strawberries where potatoes, eggplants, corn, tomatoes or cucumbers grew before it.

Brown spotting is expressed in the appearance of brown spots on the edge of the leaves, which gradually spread out over the entire surface, spores can be seen on the surface of the plate at the advanced stages, and crimson spots on the peduncles and whiskers. Methods of struggle are similar with white spot.

White spot of strawberry bush

Gray mold disease

This disease affects the entire aboveground part of the plant. Fruits become brown and blurry, on the affected places a dense gray bloom forms. If the humidity is increased, then a fluffy white mycelium may appear. Very soon, these berries dry up and fall off.

It is useless to fight the disease, but it is quite possible to prevent it. To this end, since April, healthy flowers are sprayed with drugs. Fundazol, Topsin M, Euparin. The treatment is carried out 3-4 times with an interval of 7-10 days.

Gray mold on the berry

Root late blight

Late blight is a fungal disease that affects the roots of strawberries in early summer.

The infection gets to the plant through seedlings or the ground, so it is very important to disinfect before planting.

Symptoms of the disease are as follows:

  • axial cylinder of the main root reddens throughout the diameter;
  • small root shoots turn black and die off;
  • the lower leaves begin to lean towards the ground and lose color.

In the initial stages of the disease, you can treat with the help of chemicals such as Quadris, Ridomil or Profit.

Root late blight

Why does late blight rot?

This type of rot is considered the most dangerous and unpleasant, because it affects all parts of the plant, starting from the roots and ending with fruits. Late blight appears due to wet weather, the infection remains in the ground even after the removal of the plant, therefore it is very important to carry out disinfection on time.

The main signs of the disease will be:

  • dark spots appear on the fruits, after which they dry;
  • the berries taste bitter and resilient;
  • affected leaves and stem almost immediately dry out.
Phytophthora rot

Fusarium and verticillous wilting

For all types of wilting is characterized by the defeat of plants by fungi, massive and very rapid spread. When such a disease appears, the plantation can completely disappear in 1-2 years, and during this period the amount of the harvest obtained will significantly decrease.

The following indicators are signs of verticillary wilt:

  • very slow growth of kuts;
  • reducing the amount of green mass;
  • redness of the petioles.

To combat the disease using the following methods:

  1. The exclusion of planting strawberries in those places where corn, potatoes and onions grew before it;
  2. Place of cultivation should be changed every 3-4 years;
  3. The affected plants are treated with a preparation that helps to get rid of the nematode, which is the distributor of the disease.
Fusarium wilt spreads very quickly, and the plant dies after 1.5 months.

Initially, the edges of the leaves begin to turn black, the stalks turn dark brown, and the berries turn brown and dry. The green part of the plant begins to slope to the ground. If you notice the disease at an early stage, then strawberries can be saved by treating with the drug "Ordan".

Fusarium wilt

Bacterial burn and its treatment

Bacterial burn is a very common and dangerous disease.that affects the land part of the plant. Leaves form characteristic golden brown spots. Affected strawberry bushes must be removed and burned to avoid the spread of bacteria throughout the site.

As a preventive measure during the flowering period, the plantation is treated every 5-7 days with Brodsky liquid or antibiotics. Next to the strawberry should not be located hawthorn and other wild bushes, it is in them that the pathogens usually hide.

Bacterial burn

Bacterial cancer of the roots of the garden berries

Bacterial cancer occurs due to freezing of the roots in winter and after various mechanical damage to the aerial part. Bacteria can be located for a long time in all parts of the plant, while not forming bacterial cancer. The main symptom of the disease will be blackening and dying off of the root system.

As a cancer prevention, before planting, all seedlings must be treated with a solution against bacteria.

Bacterial root cancer

Mottle virus

Mottle virus appears on strawberries often enough. Visible signs of the disease are practically absent, but the plant loses up to 30 percent of the total yield. The berries become smaller and lose their attractive taste. Mottle virus spreads aphid, so in order to get rid of the disease will have to first destroy these insects.

Viruses most often affect adult shrubs aged 3-4 years.

Wrinkles virus on leaves

Most often, these viruses appear simultaneously with many fungal diseases.worsening the situation on the plantation. On the leaves, along the main vein chaotic spots are formed. Then the growth of the plates themselves becomes uneven, they gradually turn yellow or darken and shrink.

The vectors of the disease are insects, pollen and seeds used as planting material. Cure plants impossible. Prevention will be the proper care of plantings.

Wrinkle virus

Damn broom

Due to the appearance of this mycoplasmal disease, the shape of the shrub changes:

  • the uterine bush produces many short, underdeveloped whiskers, on which independent sockets are formed;
  • leaves become lighter;
  • sheet plate twisted.

It is possible to get rid of the disease only by planting new seedlings and removing old bushes, similar to a broom.

Mealy dew

Mealy dew affects the entire above-ground part of the plant and causes its death. The causes of the disease are too warm and humid air. You can notice the disease on the following grounds:

  1. On the affected leaves, a white, fluffy patina that is located on both sides appears. Then the sheet plate grows coarse, stops growing and twists. The last stage will be the formation of brown necrosis on the inside of the leaf;
  2. The whiskers are twisted;
  3. Appeared berries have irregular shape and unpleasant taste.
Mealy dew

Preventive measures to combat powdery mildew will be treatment with Quadris, Fundazol or Bayleton. Affected plants are dug up and discarded.

Strawberries can be affected by a variety of diseases, and to avoid such troubles, you must follow all the requirements when planting plants, properly care for the plantings and make preventive treatments with chemical and biological means.