Abiotic disorder - frost damage
Healthy flowers with darken dead centers, dead flowers, misshaped friut, dead fruit.
Boron defficiency, calcium defficiency, thrips.
Visible within 24 hours of frost/freeze event.
Similar to poor pollination. Open flowers are most vulnerable. Critical temperatures are 30°F for open flowers, 28°F for fruit and 22-27°F for tight flowers.
Sanitation and botrytis control spray may be helpful.
Protect flowers/fruit from freeze and frost with overhead irrigation or row covers in spring when plants begin to grow and have more than a few open blooms.
North Carolina Agricultural Chemicals Manual
Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium
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Publication date: March 25, 2014
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