Red Strawberry Stems and Leaves?

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Q: Red Strawberry Stems and Leaves?

On November 8, 2010, beth asked:

What causes the strawberrie stems to turn red?  we set out a acre of chandlers and we were late due to the weather they were not in the ground but 5 days before it frosted on them we were worried they might have started going into dormant stage because of the stems turning red.

Answer to: Red Strawberry Stems and Leaves?

Strawberry plants naturally have a red pigment in them. Red stems depend on the genetic expression of the particular plants you have, and red stems are completely normal. Most strawberry plants have enough chlorophyll in the stems to overwhelm the red coloration and make the stems green. Red stems are nothing to worry about. Red strawberry leaves, however, are a different story. If your strawberry leaves are turning red, they are likely dying. Some fungal infections can cause them to die. Other times, the leaves are just dying because they are old. Regardless, strawberry leaves turning red do not serve a helpful function for strawberry plants and should be removed and discarded.

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24 comments to Red Strawberry Stems and Leaves?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Absolutely not. Walking berry plants belong in a museum.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Aizuddin Azhar,
    It is possible that they are just old. The leaves will brown and eventually die back in the fall/winter. It is also possible that you have a nutrient deficiency or water imbalance. You may want to run a soil test to determine if there is a problem or not. Good luck!

  • david

    is it okay if my strawberry plant has walked off with a blackberry plant?

  • Aizuddin Azhar

    Hi! My strawberry leaves are turning brown. Everything is perfect except the leaves. The parts of the leaves that are green have some yellow mixed in it. Is it because the leaves are old? Do I need to take action to ensure that my strawberry plants get to give me a crop next year?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Your plants have contracted a fungal disease, most likely. You can use this resource to identify it. Good luck!

  • Clara

    I have 2 strawberry plants. One is normal, one has red on the spiky tips and 3mm sized dots. Some of them are starting to have tiny browness inside the red dots. What is it? Is there anything to do about it?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Possibly. If the stem looks damaged, you might have a parasitic infestation. If it just looks red, I’d wait and see what happens. Be sure to remove any dead leaves/stems from the area to decrease the possibility of fungal infections, and good luck!

  • Megan

    Someof my strawberry plants have developed a bulging read stem, should I be concerned?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    The best thing to do is remove them if they are starting to wilt. If the leaves in the center of the crown are still green and vibrant, no other action is probably needed. You might also want to test the soil to ensure that it isn’t deficient in any nutrients or minerals the strawberries need to thrive. Good luck!

  • Isabella

    Mr.Strawberry what if my strawberries have red leaves? what do I do?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Mayhita gurung,
    Just leave them be. Good luck!

  • Mayhita gurung

    Do I have to do something about the red stems of my strawberry or just let it be the way they are?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Red steele root rot is a significant problem. It may be that your plants are fine, however. Red stems and leaves don’t necessarily mean your plants are destined for doom. I’d start here: Diagnosis of Strawberry Diseases. Good luck!

  • GardenHo

    Hey there Mr. Strawberry!
    I planted my Lorans and a Quinalt a few weeks ago. I have noticed the Quinalt does have red leaves, specifically the older ones. I had red about a red root fungus(?). It said that the fungus is near impossible to get rid of and that aside from the plant struggling to fruit…well, just basically let the plant die and invest in something more tolerant next year. My questions; Is this info factual? Is there anything at all I can do for the poor thing I already have? I’ve been pinching blossoms and keep chemical-free. Suggestions? Thanks so much.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Any insect that feeds on the leaves will leave such a mark. You might want to reference this resource to try to determine exactly what is damaging your plants. Good luck!

  • Tiara

    What kind of bugs leave brown holes in the strawberry leaves?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    chad bolding,
    This page should help: Growing Strawberries. Good luck!

  • chad bolding

    What is the best brand of fertilizer to use? How often do you use it? Spring time here in Oklahoma.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    You might have a nutrient deficiency in your soil. It would be a good idea to take a soil sample and have it tested to ensure adequate nutrition for your strawberry plants. Good luck!

  • elizabeth

    So, its the middle of July here in sunny ENGLAND! Yes, a lovely summer for once. Yet my strawberries are protesting and the larger leaves are turning red. Can I safely assume they are just dying through age? This is the 2nd time this year I have had to chop them back and they come back fine at first, then reach about 5in long and go red (leaves that is)

  • Mr. Strawberry

    This post on transplanting strawberries should answer your questions. Good luck!

  • Ronald

    when do you transplant strawberry plants?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Your question is a good one! You can find the information you need to be successful with your strawberry plants, and the answer to your question, on the following pages: Growing Strawberries, Mowing Strawberries, Monthly Growing Strawberries Guide, Strawberry Renovation. Good luck!

  • Kerry

    Should I cut my strawberry plants back in the fall?

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