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Problem

Abiotic disorder - catfacing

Strawberry fruit with deformed tip

Catface fruit.

Rocco D Schiavone

Symptoms

Misshaped tips of fruit due to poor pollination.

Similar Problems

Micro nutrient deficiencies such as boron, damage to flowers from insects (thrips, mites, tarnish plant bug, etc.) and botrytis may cause misshaped fruit.

Additional Information

Usually occurs during weather extremes or very early in spring during frost/freeze conditions as well as cold wet weather.

Diagnostic Tips

Micro nutrient deficiencies such as boron, damage to flowers from insects (thrips, mites, tarnish plant bug, etc.) and pathogens (botrytis) may also cause pollination problems. Examine plants closely for insects and pathogens also use tissue testing to check nutrient status to rule these out.

Corrective Measures

Control pest and correct nutrient problems if present. Provide good frost protection and adequate irrigation when needed.

Management

No additional management should be needed.

Funding Sources

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

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Author

Research Specialist
Horticultural Science

Publication date: June 28, 2014

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