Strawberry fruit drop

Answered by Lynn Posted in Category Seeds, Plants & Trees

What causes unripe strawberry fruits to drop off the outdoor plants?




Dear Doug

I’ve spoken to my colleagues regarding this problem and we have not heard of this on strawberries before.  June Drop on fruit trees is quite common, where the tree sheds some fruit lets to ensure a decent sized crop develops from the remaining young fruits so this may be happening with your strawberries but seems unlikely.

All I can suggest is that the plants are in the third year of their life so are becoming less productive and they are possibly under some sort of stress. Are the leaves discoloured in any way if so this may indicate the presence of a virus?  Is there any sign of  mould on the fruits before they drop?  If so there could be a problem with Botrytis (Grey mould) especially if it has been wet and cool in your area.

Please come back to me if you need any further advice.

Kind Regards

Lynn Burton - Horticultural Adviser



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By Laurence Howe29th June 2015

Strawberry Fruit Drop

Hi Lynn I have this problem this year. I have grown strawberries very successfully in a raised bed for several years. I have never had the problem before. We moved house last Spring (2014) and started again from runners. We had a fair crop last year and this year we have a heavy crop, but they keep falling off. It's possible the stems are being chewed, but the fruits are untouched. We had a problem with mice last year, but they tend to nibble the fruit, so I think we can rule that out. Does anyone have any ideas about this? With kind regards Laurence (Dr L D Howe)

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