There several diseases that affect strawberries. Common diseases and control measures are listed below. Read more about strawberry diseases.
Caused by a soilborne fungus.
Symptoms - older leaves wilt, turn brown and dry up while young leaves stay green. Eventually plant dies.
Solutions - Avoid land that has previously been planted in susceptible crops such as tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, peppers. Plant resistant cultivars, such as Hecker.
Caused by several fungi, but mainly by Phytophthora spp. Symptoms - the fungus attacks crowns and roots, particularly in poorly drained or overirrigated plantings, causing stunted growth and wilted leaves. Crown tissue is discolored brown. Plants eventually die.
Solutions - more of a problem when soil stays wet. Prevent root rot by planting on raised beds in well-drained soil. Avoid overwatering. There is no control for affected plants.
Botrytis fruit rot
Caused by a fungus, a very serious rot of strawberry fruit also known as gray mold. The fruit develops lesions which turn light brown and spread over the fruit.
Solutions - most serious during cool, wet weather. Use plastic mulch that separates the fruit from direct contact with the ground and plant in raised beds. Spcae plants to allow for good air circulation. Fungicides are essentially ineffective.
Strawberries are relatively pest free. Common pests and control measures are listed below. Read more about strawberry pests.
Slugs and snails