Description of diseases of strawberry. Prevention and treatment

  • Basic rules for prevention
  • Leaf diseases
  • Powdery mildew
  • Dendrofomose( brown spot)
  • White spotting
  • Brown spot
  • Fruit rot
  • Anthracnose
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Strawberry is a tasty and healthy berry. Love it, and children, and adults. Probably, every horticulturist has on the plot a garden with this fragrant berry. But to get a good harvest, you need to know how to properly care for your plants, what are the diseases of strawberries and methods to combat them.

Basic rules for the prevention of

With almost every horticulturist, you have to face a variety of strawberry diseases. To exclude the occurrence of diseases in your area, you must perform the following actions:

  • Use high-quality, healthy planting material.
  • It's right to choose varieties.
  • Replace plants with new ones every 2-3 years.
  • Make fumigation of the soil before planting.
  • Thin plants after the entire crop is fully harvested.
  • To fight against weeds and pests.
In addition, experienced gardeners twice a season make preventive treatment with fungicides: before harvesting, and then - after.

Diseases of the leaves

When berries are not yet formed, the presence of the disease of strawberries can be judged by the state of its leaves. For example, they can become covered with stains that look like rust, whitish plaque, red or brown blobs. For one reason or another, experienced gardeners can determine exactly which disease has "attacked" plants.

Fusarium wilt

The first signs of the disease are brown leaves and petioles of the plant, the formation of necrosis on the edges of the leaf and its wilting. In the run-up stage, the rosette disintegrates and, as it were, pressing the bushes to the surface of the earth. Complete destruction of the bush comes in a month and a half.


The first rule to combat any type of strawberry wilting is adherence to agricultural technology.

  • Strawberries can grow in one place no longer than 3-4 years.
  • In the place where strawberries grew earlier, new seedlings can be placed not earlier than in 6 years.
  • At the appearance of the first signs of the defeat of plants, it is necessary to immediately remove diseased bushes.
If the strawberry on the plot fades permanently, then it is recommended to stop the selection only on resistant varieties.

Brown spot of

This fungal disease of garden strawberry is peculiar, first of all, for temperate and subtropical latitudes. The peak of disease activity is observed in August - October. Active fungus reproduction can begin at any temperature above zero degrees.

In severe frosts, the fungus does not die, but remains in a resting phase. Especially active growth is observed with high humidity. Brown spotting leads to a significant reduction in vegetative growth and yield in the next season.


The main feature is the presence of dark purple spots on the leaf surface. Over time, the spots become brown or red.

Since other diseases can also be characterized by the appearance of spots on the leaves, it is necessary to know that when there is a brown patch there are no white dots in the center of the lesion. Each affected area almost always has the same color. In the event of an increase in the number of spots, gradual drying and leaf withering should be expected.

Appearing on the leaves, the brown spot on the strawberry is gradually selected for all tissues and plant organs: to sepals, fruits, stems, peduncles. The following symptoms will indicate the total damage of the plant:

  1. Insufficient growth.
  2. Dried pedicels.
  3. The presence of small, bony, brown fruits.


To avoid this fungal disease of strawberries, it is necessary to regularly drain the ground around the bushes, pick up disease resistant varieties.
  • In addition, you should carefully clean the area near the plants, not allowing them to thicken and the appearance of weeds. Also, cleaning the space will provide plants with good air circulation and reduce the humidity inside the rows.
  • It is necessary to remove old, weakened and infected plants, and all the collected leaves - to burn.
  • As a preventive measure, contact or systemic fungicides should be used, for example, the Bordeaux mixture, Koside, Ordan.

Powdery mildew

The presence of such a fungal disease of strawberry, like powdery mildew, is fraught with a decrease in yield by 60%.The berries, infected with powdery mildew, become less sugary, wrinkled, bitter and non-transportable.

Symptoms of

The initial stage of the disease manifests itself in the appearance on the leaves and flowers of small mealy spots. They can be easily erased with your fingers, but after a while they reappear. Gradually increasing in size, such spots acquire a rich gray or purple color. Then the compaction of the mycelium takes place, it turns brownish.

The presence of mealy coating can be seen on both the top and bottom of the leaf. Progressing disease leads to the gradual drying, withering and falling of leaves, flowers and buds. The plant stops growing.

Prevention of

  • A good preventive measure is pollination of sulfur several times during the summer.
Do not overfeed strawberries with nitrogenous fertilizers.
It should be borne in mind that during the formation of buds, strawberry is most prone to powdery mildew, so it is at this time to completely eliminate the introduction of nitrogenous fertilizers.
  • Phosphate and potassium fertilizers, on the contrary, contribute to an increase in resistance to the causative agent of this strawberry disease. It should also be good to clean plants from weeds, do not allow condensation.

It should be remembered that there is also such a phenomenon as downy mildew. To prevent its appearance, it is recommended to use Bordeaux liquid or preparations replacing it - Ordan, Ridomil Gold MC, Previkur, Acrobat. Preventive spraying is carried out at least three times.

Dendrophomosis( brown spot)

Most often, the presence of such a fungal infection can be found on old leaves. With dendrofomose, red leaves with large spots are formed on the plants, the diameter of which can reach 2 cm.

After a while after the redness and spots appear on the leaves, small black fungal fruiting bodies form in the lesions. Most often, such spots are located in the V-shaped space from the middle veins of the leaves.

The disease leads to the complete withering of the affected leaves, and then the whole plant. In the initial stage of the disease, a significant decrease in yield is observed.

For treatment it is necessary to use preparations containing copper, and Trichodermine.

White spotting

White spot of strawberry leaves in most cases does not lead to the death of the plant, but is dangerous because it can significantly worsen the appearance of the berries.


The disease affects the outer side of the leaf: it appears small dark spots with a white dot in the center. The edges of the spots are colored purple. If a large number of such spots are concentrated on the sheet, they can expand, merging into one.

White spotting affects not only leaves, but berries. The symptom of the disease is the formation of black spots on the strawberry, which are localized in the region of the bones. Over time, the disease extends to the soft tissue of the berry, and on its surface a black-brown skin is formed.

Despite the fact that the flesh of the affected berries loses color, decay with this disease does not occur. As a rule, white spotting affects strawberries after heavy rains.

Prevention of

To prevent the onset of this disease on the leaves of strawberries, it is recommended to use spraying with means containing copper or systemic preparations. Such preventive treatments should be carried out several times per season.

Brown spot

Brown spot is also called angular. The cause of this disease can be different pathogens, for example, the bacterium Xanthomonas fragariae. With a brown patch, a significant loss of yield is observed - 10-30%.

To identify this pathogen it is necessary to carry out special serological tests and PCR, therefore it is rather difficult to determine the presence of this disease.


The underside of the leaf is covered with saturated, watery, deformed spots localized between the veins of the leaf.

Some time after the appearance of the first, similar ones begin to form on the upper surface of the leaf, representing irregular red-brown spots, gradually fused to necrosis.

This stage is characterized by the fact that the brown spot on its symptoms may resemble a white or brown leaf spot. Gradual drying and breaking of the affected part of the leaf occurs.

When the disease is started, identification of the pathogen is only possible at the lower edges of the young leaf. In very high humidity conditions, it is possible to consider the underside of the affected leaf in order to detect a sticky bacterial exudate, the presence of which will indicate that the plant is affected by a brown patchiness. After the bacterial exudate dries, it turns into a whitish-scaly film.

The disease also affects the berries themselves: their sepals dry up, and the berries do not have time to grow to the right size and ripen, become tasteless. The infection spreads with droplets of water falling on the plants during rain or watering.

Disease is dangerous because bacteria can hibernate in old fallen leaves, and with the onset of spring again spread to already healthy plants. Therefore, after planting new plants on the infected area, brown sheets can be seen again on the plants.

Fallen leaves as primary source for the survival of the causative agent of the disease

Prevention of

Care should be taken to use nitrogen fertilizers that promote the spread of brown spots. It is necessary to regularly spray the area with strawberries in such a way that the substance falls on the underlaid zone. As a preventive tool, it is recommended to use drugs that contain copper.

Fruit rot

If the gardener missed the moment and did not take appropriate preventive measures in time, then at the stage of fruiting, unpleasant surprises may await him.

Phytophthora rot

This harmful disease of strawberry plants leads to crop losses of up to 20%.Almost all organs of plants are affected by the disease, but berries suffer particularly badly.

Symptoms of

  • Ripe fruits are covered with brown solid spots, their taste becomes bitter.
  • On the green fruit light brown spots are formed, berries become hard, and then they dry up and mummify.
  • Buds, flowers and inflorescences are deformed and also spotted.
  • During rains and after heavy dew on berries, you can find dense fungal plaques of white color.


It is necessary to use healthy seedlings, observe the crop rotation and watering regime. Spray before flowering Ridomilom, Metaksilom, Quadrice.

Gray rot

This disease causes the fungus Botrytis cinerea. It occurs quite often and is the main cause of strawberry disease. Gray rot leads to loss of yield by 50%, and in some cases this figure can be much larger.

A provoking factor for the development of gray rot is long rains during hot weather. It should be borne in mind that the disease can originate even at the stage of flowering plants. Gray rot leads to wilting flowers, rotting still immature, as well as already ripe berries.

Symptoms of

On the affected parts of the strawberry berry there is a blurred gray mass of fungus spores.


  • It is necessary to thin out the plants carefully and in time, because in dense thickets the humidity can be significantly increased. When the humidity decreases, the growth of the pathogen ceases.
  • In addition, for the prevention of several times it is recommended to spray plants during the flowering and ripening period of the fruit. Spraying should be done every 5-10 days with a preparation of Captan and copper chloride of copper oxide. It is also possible to prepare a weak solution of iodine and treat it with strawberries several times, making 10-day intervals between treatments.
  • It is important to know that before the plants enter the flowering phase, they must be processed 2-3 times already. As a preparation, any means for combating Botrytis cinerea fungi can be used.
  • In addition, if the area on which grows strawberries, suffers from high humidity, it is recommended to mulch. For this, both straw and sawdust are suitable, which will help to dry the berries more quickly and prevent the decay of strawberries.


This disease can develop if strawberries are grown on a black film in conditions of insufficient aeration of the roots. Anthracnose is dangerous because gardeners lose up to 75% of the crop. The greatest activity of the fungus is observed in warm wet weather. The stalk, root, foliage, shoots and the berry itself are affected.

Symptoms of

The first sign of the disease can be the formation on the berries of lesions of light color resembling wet spots with a diameter of about 0.3 cm. Over time, the spots become brown and spread over the entire surface of the fetus.

Prophylaxis of

Copper-containing drugs with this disease are ineffective. It is recommended to carry out treatment with Haupsin, Trichodermine or Kaptan.

Do not think that strawberries do not require special control. Ignoring the basic rules of caring for this plant can lead to partial or complete loss of crops, as well as to the death of the seedlings themselves.

To ensure that the site annually generates you with generous yields, you must adhere to the above recommendations and closely monitor the health of plants.

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