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Winter injury/cold injury.


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Leaf necrosis entire and/or margins, stunted plants, dead plants, internal discoloration.

Strawberry plant with many dead brown leaves

Cold injury 1 week after cold event.

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Strawberry leaves with light discolored areas on edge

Strawberry plant 24 hours after cold event.

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Strawberry crown cut showing damaged brown tissue

Cross section of cold injured plant. Notice the brown discolored area.

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Similar Problems

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Herbicide/chemical injury.

Additional Information

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Visible within 24 hours of frost/freeze event.

Diagnostic Tips

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Outer older leaves are more prone to injury along with stressed plants.

Corrective Measures

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Sanitation and botrytis control spray may be helpful.


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Proper planting and establishment will reduce plant susceptibility. Avoid high nitrogen during fall/winter. Allow plants to acclimatize prior to cold weather. Protect plants from desiccation and extreme cold (< 10°F) with row covers, straw (matted row production) or snow to reduce damage.

Funding Sources

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Funding was provided in part by the National Sustainable Agriculture Program: Sustainable Strawberry Initiative and the following sources.

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Division of Agriculture Research & Extension

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Research Specialist
Horticultural Science

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Publication date: March 13, 2014

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