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Nashville, Ark. –
This time of year, we are all excited for those sweet red juicy strawberries. If you
are considering planting strawberries, now you have the option of June-bearing or
Ever-bearing. Most people growing for personal consumption prefer June-bearing. The
Ever-bearing do not give off enough fruit at one time unless you have a very large
amount of strawberry plants planted.
The planting sight should be in well-drained soil and full sun. You can plant your
strawberries next to your vegetables or by themselves in their own bed. Once you have
harvested your strawberries you will need to thin your plants to prevent overcrowding
causing unhealthy plants. In Arkansas, strawberry season usually starts in April and
runs through June depending on the variety.
Download the Strawberry Gardening Factsheet
One of the problems we are hearing about right now with strawberry plants is known
as Strawberry Powdery Mildew. Strawberry Powdery Mildew can infect the blooms, fruit,
leaves and stem of the plant. You may notice white patches of mycelium on the bottom
side of the leaf. As the powdery mildew increases, the leaves will begin to roll upward;
purplish blotches may also become noticeable on the leaves. Younger fruit that has
been infected during bloom may die and dry up. The older fruit will develop dark,
watery spots. Those areas that are more likely to see this problem are in high tunnels
or greenhouses. If you live in an area that has high humidity and low temperatures
and have planted where they are not receiving much light and the days are still short,
you could also have this problem.
You can contact me for more information on growing strawberries and how to treat Strawberry
Powdery Mildew by sending an email to email@example.com. Howard County Extension office is still working and is there for all the residences
in Howard County during this time.
By Samantha Horn County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Howard County Cooperative Extension Service421 N. Main Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org