Cat-faced Strawberries?

pbsjones(Sunset 14/USDA 9)June 1, 2012

My Sequoia strawberries (which are off-shoots of one plant that went feral) are all cat-faced this year, like tomatoes get sometimes; tiny fruit with pruny little bottoms. Is this from inadequate watering? I thought they were getting enough, but...maybe they got too much? Or, might it have been the mini-heat wave we had last month?

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Your description of your strawberries was well worth reading.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 12:47PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Probably some of both. Strawberries need both good drainage and regular water. They are always hungry and like to be fed regularly also. Al

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 7:25PM
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lgteacher(SCal)

I have Sequoias, too, and found that fertilizer works wonders. I was inspired after seeing the commercial fields nearby with huge plants and lots of berries. I don't fertilize as heavily as they do, but I am adding some organic fertilizer regularly now. I'm on the border of Sunset zone 24. Some of my blossoms dried up when it got unseasonably hot.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing strawberries

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 11:21PM
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lgteacher(SCal)

I did some research and found that cat-facing may be caused by lack of pollination or lygus bugs.

Here is a link that might be useful: strawberry lygus bug

    Bookmark   June 2, 2012 at 12:02AM
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