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strawberry pest

Posted by tim45z10 sdca (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 24, 13 at 20:26

I noticed one of my strawberries had a white fungus at the base. I looked closed and I thought scale. I am not sure. There were bug like creatures a white fungus and I also noticed ants.
What am I looking at and how can I cure it?
Thank you Tim

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RE: strawberry pest

Need to ID it before a remedy, if any, can be suggested,

Is it in the ground or a pot?

Please post a picture or two.

RE: strawberry pest

It is in the ground. Sorry, I am not picture literate.

RE: strawberry pest

The crown of a strawberry is subject to fungus, and easily destroyed over winter if not able to drain well. Where strawberries are grown commercially along the California coast, mostly in sand, the growers often remove all foliage over winter to protect the crown from fungus disease. Al

RE: strawberry pest

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 25, 13 at 15:01

Sounds like mealy bugs to me.

RE: strawberry pest

Ask a friend, neighbor, relative to help with taking & posting pictures.

Otherwise, all suggestions are guesses.

RE: strawberry pest

Mealy bug.

RE: strawberry pest

  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Mon, Dec 2, 13 at 17:23

Strawberries will rot, turn moldy and/or grow what looks to be a fungus if they are left to rest on moist ground for too long. Ants, earwigs, and sow bugs may cause damage as well. The best solution is to prop up the berries so that they stay off the ground. Some forum members (myself included) use plastic forks to accomplish this. The fork handle is stuck in the dirt and the berry stems rest in the tines.

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