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Cat-faced Strawberries?

Posted by pbsjones Sunset 14/USDA 9 (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 1, 12 at 2:21

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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RE: Cat-faced Strawberries?

Your description of your strawberries was well worth reading.

RE: Cat-faced Strawberries?

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

RE: Cat-faced Strawberries?

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

RE: Cat-faced Strawberries? more info

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

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