We put in new strawberry plants this year and they looked really healthy all
summer, putting out runners all over the place. But during the past week their
leaves have begun to pale, not yellow, just a paler green. Any idea what could
be causing this? We had the same problem a few years ago with blackberries.
Since what you describe is a possible symptom of many different nutritional
disorders (from nitrogen to magnesium, etc deficiencies), without seeing the
plants and knowing your soil type, where in the US you are beside z7, I'd
recommend a balanced fertilizer with micronutrients. And cut off those
runners in the first year!
We have four beds of strawberries, and have followed the same pattern until
this year. We always took out the oldest bed each year and put new plants
in. That way we had strawberries every year. This year is the first time
we've done all new plants, because after producing last year they all turned
pale and we thought they had some kind of disease. Our whole family was
disappointed at having a strawberry-free spring. Hmmm. Is it too late in
the season to snip the runners? Our new plants seem to be recovering from
whatever paled their leaves and are greening up again. Maybe it was the
Roundup drifting on the wind.
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