Winter injury/cold injury.
Leaf necrosis entire and/or margins, stunted plants, dead plants, internal discoloration.
Visible within 24 hours of frost/freeze event.
Outer older leaves are more prone to injury along with stressed plants.
Sanitation and botrytis control spray may be helpful.
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 was provided in part by the National Sustainable Agriculture Program: Sustainable Strawberry Initiative and the following sources.
Publication date: March 13, 2014
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