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Blind strawberries

Postby vivienz » Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:25 pm

I'm growing strawberries in large, self-watering troughs this year. I have several varieties and have noticed that both with Malling Centenary and Vibrant a few of the flower stems had flowers that were blind, i.e. they had a flower but no centre (or at least a very under-developed one) from which the strawberry would grow. A few of the just-opening buds also went brown and dropped off.

The majority of the plants are fine and fruit is developing normally so I shan't be too deprived, but I wondered if anyone knew what the cause of this is.
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Re: Blind strawberries

Postby Monika » Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:55 pm

Sounds like non-pollination to me. Have you tried playing at being a bee, viv? Going from flower to flower with a soft artists brush? That's what I used to do when we grew strawberries in the greenhouse. If, as you say, they really have "no centre", perhaps it's a growth problem like not enough water?
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Re: Blind strawberries

Postby vivienz » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:31 pm

Hi Monika, I had my full fuzzy striped suit on and gave all the flowers a little tickle, but the blind ones are outdoors which is why I was so puzzled. I have kep them watered, too, and they are in self watering pots with a reservoir so it is quite the conundrum.
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Re: Blind strawberries

Postby Geoff » Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:06 pm

I bought Malling Centenary Strawberries and they were a complete disaster. I think they are very susceptible to viruses. I had an email discussion with one of the breeders who more or less accepted they could fail where older varieties like the Symphony I grow thrive. The plants eventually almost died as though they were short of water so I scrapped them. This was 2015.

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Re: Blind strawberries

Postby vivienz » Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:20 am

Crumbs, that's a sad little plant, isn't it, Geoff? I only have a few of the MC plants - they were free from Marshalls after they completely cocked up my order of strawberry plants last year. The variety 'vibrant' seems to be doing well, with the fruit held on exceptionally long flower stalks although these are collapsing now as the green fruits start to swell. Likewise, both my ciflorette and mara des bois are coming along nicely.

I think there may be a bit of vine weevil getting into the pots, however, as one plant on the end of a trough looks droopy so I shall get some nematode treatment today.
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