Alexandria strawberry death syndrome

grow4freeMarch 14, 2012

I planted Alexandria strawberry seeds in a container and had about 30 sprouts. The sprouts seemingly grew well until they grew their first true leaf at which point the seed leaves begin to wilt. The seed leaf then follows and all of the leaves turn brown, dry out and die and the sprout falls over. This is happening with every single sprout in exactly the same way.

Any ideas?

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What's your growing environment like? Humid? Did you keep the soil mix moist?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 7:48PM
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Not humid. Yes, I've kept it moist. Dryness is not the issue.

Growing in Miracle Gro Organic Choice potting mix which is not good for containers as it turns out. Way too heavy. Maybe that is an issue. But tbey don't seem bothered until the true leaf grows for whatever reason.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 1:14PM
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Could it be damping off? Since you haven't given a photo that is my guess.

I used the same potting mix before but found it infested with aphid eggs. I actually started some alpine strawberry seeds in them in January and had to kill a load of aphids by hand a month later. The strawberries did well though once the infestation is under control and I just planted them out in the garden. So I am tempted to say the soil texture isn't your problem.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 2:31PM
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I don't know. I don't think so. I grew some tobacco sprouts right along with them and they have been fine. Not a single one has died.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 2:51PM
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As it turns out, it was the potting mix. I am having 100% success with a different mix. Another is also experiencing 100% death rate from the same problem.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 6:05PM
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