What to do?! Indoor Strawberries with brown leaves
First off I'm new to these forums so it's nice to meet everyone! It seems like this is a very knowledgeable community!
I've been having these problems with my indoor strawberries for months now and I've been searching the internet with no avail, so I finally decided to come here to ask for help. I have searched the forums but It seems like most relevant posts are for strawberries grown in the garden.
In any case, I've been growing strawberries in a window box in my apartment since the spring but my plants are plagued constantly with brown leaves, first starting at the tips and moving inward and eventually drying up completely. =( It's been getting worse as the weeks go by so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. The conditions are as follows
-- Window box 6 inches wide and 7 inches deep in a west facing window (Ozark, and Allstar varieties planted) In organic potting soil
--Hanging baskets with seedlings (Alpine variety) in the same window
--Zone 7a (It's been hot here, in the 100s) Plants get 6 hours on sunlight in the afternoon. but inside.
-- Watered when I feel as if the soil is dry (sticking finger into soil) Sometimes I extra water if I know the day will be really hot
--Used a mix of Espoma potting soil and Miracle Grow Organic soil (miracle grow soil spawned fungus gnats for weeks, was impossible to get rid of)
-- I rotate the window box every week or so so each side gets sunlight
-- fertilized with garden tone twice since the spring this year (light sprinkling)
Below are pictures! Many thanks in advance, I've tried to find a solution but I can't think of how they would get diseased indoors, the only I thing I can think is maybe the fungus gnats did something or maybe I am over or under watering. Thanks again everyone, any help is much appreciated!