[NAFEX] Strawberry sun scald or fungus?

Stephen Sadler Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Sun May 31 16:36:03 EDT 2009


Yes, this sounds like fungus.  What time of day do you water?  You need to
water in the early AM.  Evening watering leaves more water on fruit surfaces
and that makes fungi happy.

~ Stephen

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ernest Plutko
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2009 9:55 AM
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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Strawberry sun scald or fungus?

Strawberries with soft, whitish and watery blotches in my experience
are rotting.

---- Original Message ----
From: billg at inebraska.com
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Strawberry sun scald or fungus?
Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 08:05:45 -0500

>As usual, when picking strawberries yesterday, I came across some
>with a 
>soft, whitish, watery blotch on the berry. It's usually, but not
>always, 
>on a ripe berry. I've always thought that was sun scald, but... 
>something about it yesterday made me wonder about that. IS it just
>sun 
>scald, or is it a disease or a fungus of some type? Some of the
>berries 
>are pretty well covered by it.
>
>I've never sprayed my strawberry patch with a fungicide (with
>anything, 
>actually), because I don't ever see leaf spots. The biggest problem
>my 
>strawberries usually have is not getting enough water. But I've run
>the 
>sprinkler on them a few times recently, because it's been so very dry
>
>here lately (usually, I don't water them until after the strawberry 
>season is over), so maybe that's causing some fungal problems. 
>Yesterday, I did find more of these problems than usual.
>
>So, anyone know what causes this?
>
>Thanks,
>
>Bill
>Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
>
>-- 
>We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don't 
>stand up to experimentation, Buddha's own words must be rejected. - 
>Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
>
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