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The leaves on my strawberry plants have turned a very pale green or yellow with some brown on the edges what do they need?

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The extension agent has asked me to reply to your email question.  I can see that is has been a couple of weeks since you submitted this question.  I apologize for the delay.

There are several reasons why strawberry plants can turn yellow or pale green.  One of the most common problems is nutrient deficiencies due to overwatering.  The browning on the edges of the leaves sounds like summer leaf scorch which can also be caused by overwatering.  Overwatering causes poor root growth and this makes it difficult for plants to move enough water to the leaves during hot weather.

These are just some of the possibilities for your strawberry plant problems.  Without more information from you, I can only guess what is wrong.  I suggest you call our office and we can talk to you about your watering and fertilizer routine and get a better idea of what's going on.

Meredith Seaver
Horticulture Assistant
Utah County Extension
801-851-8462

Posted on 20 Aug 2008

Pat Fugal
Horticulture Assistant, Master Gardner, Utah County

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