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by M, Mohsin Ali
on September 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM
I am from Bangladesh. I was cultivated strawberry 5 years. This year my plant do not perform rightway. She was yellowed leaf and do not produce maximum runner. I did not identified what is the problem.
by Mark Bolda
on September 12, 2013 at 6:21 AM
Mr. Mohsin Ali, I am indeed curious as to what might be going on here but I need a lot more to go on than your comment. As you know from some of the other posts I have written, yellowing of plants and a lack of vigour in strawberry can be caused by many things.  
To start, some background as to the soil type and environmental conditions of your strawberries would be useful.  
I am afraid also that I do not know much about Bangladesh, so you will need to give me some background as to the seasons, pest complex and soil fertility. Regardless, I think we can make some progress in understanding your situation.  
Please send me more information in an email, I can't write the address here but it is mpbolda "at" sign
by Shelly M Moss
on July 13, 2019 at 10:14 AM
I live in Medford, Oregon which is about 40 miles from the California border. I have struggled this year with yellowing strawberry leaves.  
I grow them in hay bales. I don't know what variety the red ones are but I do have Hulu berries in there as well. They have produced a lot of berries at the beginning of the season and tons of runners after.  
They aren't bothered by pests except the occasional snail/slug. They are 3rd year in growth with, I don't know how old they were before that.  
I read that they may be over watered. I will try a little less until the weather gets into triple digits. I have never had nitrogen deficiency in hay bales gardens but I will try adding more to these strawberries.  
Is there anything else you would recommend?
by Mark Bolda
on July 13, 2019 at 7:17 PM
Hi Shelly,  
If you've read a lot of this blog, and I assume you have, you will know that there are many causes of yellowing in strawberry plants! I doubt that it is the issue described here, and I agree with you that snails and slugs are not your issue either. It very well could be overwatering (I've seen them go yellow from that, yes), but if you could send a picture this way I could start in on some other ideas.  
For sure, if gets hot, water the plants regardless of the yellow!
by Kelly
on November 4, 2020 at 4:21 PM
I must say, my problems with this type of yellowing have followed over-watering episodes, generally combined with heat and humidity in tropical South FL following hot-rainy summers. As all strawberries are in various stages of development, from runners to mature plants, over-watering and recovery affect each stage differently and such yellowing is common afterwards. First stage is the typical over-watering pale green or yellowing pattern; followed by a large leaf die-off (even after being corrected); then sporadic iron-deficiency-like yellow vein status on some leaves; followed by a self-thinning, tall legginess status; and then recovery. It's a factor of the various life-cycle stages in regard to how each plant responds to the over-watering episode. Strawberry is a crazy self-regulator. It just takes some time for it to go though it's recovery process to get water-stasis. As much as it's usually ill-advised, shallow overhead watering is the best temporary treatment to allow deep roots to dry (or die) while promoting new growth via runners; all this, despite being counter-productive in general for strawberries due to fungus proclivities.
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