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Dried strawberries

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Question: what happened to my strawberry?

Good evening I recently bought a seedling of strawberries, it had a beautiful white flower and another small neighbor but in the last few days both have dried up competently, the leaves instead are fine and growing enough ... what can it depend on?


Dried strawberries: Answer: the cultivation of strawberries.

Dear Roberta,

strawberries are small herbaceous perennial plants, ground cover, with a mainly spring development; they generally have large serrated leaves, the greatest development of which occurs in March, April and May, when plants also produce flowers and fruits; there are flourishing varieties, whose flowering continues throughout the spring period, and flowering varieties that are only spring and sometimes autumn.

Plants as small as strawberries tend to use a large part of the nutrients they have stored to produce flowers and fruits, therefore, by placing them in the flowering period, the plant decides to give up the flowers it has already produced, for devote himself to the production of a broader root system. In this way, the plant can later repeat the flowering, producing more flowers and more fruits.

Having no description whatsoever about where you planted it, or even where you bought it, it seems possible that the causes of the drying out of the flowers are also other; it often happens to buy small ground cover plants or for the vegetable garden at the supermarket in early spring; these plants are often kept inside the supermarket itself, with night temperatures already practically summer, above 20 ° C. so when we take one of these plants, and place it immediately outdoors in the vegetable garden, the least that can happen is that I lose the flowers, as the night minimums in the garden are still very low, and in any case far from those present at the inside the aisles of a shopping center.

Another reason why small flowers can be dried out is the amount of water received from your strawberries: an excess of watering attracts gray mold, which can ruin leaves, flowers and fruits; a lack of watering, especially when dealing with a very small plant, can cause its rapid deterioration.

Strawberries love to be grown in the garden or in the vegetable garden, or even in large pots on the terrace; they prefer bright, but semi-shaded positions, as many hours of direct sun can dry the soil excessively. In fact, let's remember that these plants grow naturally in the undergrowth, sheltered by tall trees or shrubs, and therefore are not used to large quantities of direct sun per day.

They love a rich and fresh soil, very well drained, and good ventilation, as high humidity and low air exchange are friends of botrytis, or gray mold, sworn enemy of strawberries.

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