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Winter injury/cold injury.


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

Herbicide/chemical injury.

Additional Information

Visible within 24 hours of frost/freeze event.

Diagnostic Tips

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

Corrective Measures

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 Sources

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

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Research Specialist
Horticultural Science

Publication date: March 13, 2014

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