Skeletonised strawberry leaves

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Skeletonised strawberry leaves
« on: November 18, 2018, 18:02 »
The new strawberry leaves are lacy with holes, and I cannot see why. I cut the first lot of damaged ones off, but the next lots are quickly being reduced to skeletons too

Can anyone help with some advice please?

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Re: Skeletonised strawberry leaves
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2018, 19:04 »
Maybe red spider mite?
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Re: Skeletonised strawberry leaves
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 13:51 »
Maybe red spider mite?

Not sure... the leaves are like lace and there is no sign of webbing. It is affecting ones outside too

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Re: Skeletonised strawberry leaves
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2018, 18:22 »
Have you seen any of those skinny green looper caterpillars on your plot this year? They like strawberries and over winter as pupae in the soil.
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Re: Skeletonised strawberry leaves
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2018, 22:32 »
One grower I knew used to mulch his strawberries with straw and around now as the leaves are browning he'd set fire to the straw, killing off the pests. Did seem to get some good results.
The super summer we had does seem to have had a downside in the number of pests.
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Re: Skeletonised strawberry leaves
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2018, 09:39 »
No caterpillars to be seen, and as they are in plastic troughs I shall pass on the opportunity to burn off the top growth  :lol:
 
I have cut off the top growth though, scuffled out the top inch of the soil and replaced it, and then sprayed the remains with insectcidal soft soap t drench the crowns completely. All the tables on which they sit have been scrubbed down too, as well as the outsides of the troughs

Just have to wait and see now I guess

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Re: Skeletonised strawberry leaves
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2018, 11:16 »
No caterpillars to be seen, and as they are in plastic troughs I shall pass on the opportunity to burn off the top growth  :lol:
So napalm is off the agenda! :)

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Re: Skeletonised strawberry leaves
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2018, 13:25 »
No caterpillars to be seen, and as they are in plastic troughs I shall pass on the opportunity to burn off the top growth  :lol:
So napalm is off the agenda! :)

May be the last resort?



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