Strawberry black eye

ltiltonApril 19, 2012

It looks like, instead of fretting about my apricots during the freeze period, I should have been protecting the strawberries.

But it was just the first few flowers, there'll be more.

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franktank232(z5 WI)

Same here...i covered them a few of the coldest nights, but I think one of the nights that hit 30F and we had a good frost did a bunch of the flowers in...they seem very sensitive to frost.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 1:08PM
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ltilton

"Patchy frost" forecast again for tonite. With a lot more flowers open now, I'll be covering them.

I see there's another freeze warning out for most of WI tonite.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 1:36PM
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ltilton

Going out to cover the berries, I see some new black ones just opening. Obviously some closed buds were damaged some time ago. Yet right next to them are sound berries.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 4:54PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I'm covering all mine this evening. We cleared out nicely today. I can't recall having berry damage in the past 5 years...a first for me.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 5:42PM
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ltilton

A first for most everyone, I suspect. Who expects to have strawberries in April around here?

The only time mine could have been injured was the middle of last week, so the blooms opening now with damage must have been buds then. I never thought about them, then.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 7:18PM
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blackrag(6A East PA)

Tedious, I know, but is there any benefit to cutting the black-eyed blooms off? Mine got hammered but there are new blooms coming. Chad

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 3:08PM
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ltilton

I pinched them off whenever I saw them, but I don't know it does any good.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 3:09PM
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