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Pruning and Training Brambles

Back to Raspberries & Blackberries Pruning/Training March is a good time to prune fruit plants in Maryland, because you can fully assess winter damage. Raspberries, however, can be pruned any time canes are fully dormant (see graphic below on right). There are several ways to train and manage...

Selecting and Planting Brambles

Back to Raspberries & Blackberries Selection Brambles are easy to propagate from cuttings and root suckers of established plants. Don’t propagate wild bramble plants because they may be symptomless carriers of virus diseases . Instead, obtain the best virus-free nursery stock available. Buy...

Cultural and Environmental - Strawberries

Back to Common Problems - Strawberries Frost/Freeze damage Photo: Gerald Holmes, Ca Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Bugwood.org. Late freeze damage to plants Photo: Mariusz Sobieski, Bugwood.org . Frost damage to flowers Strawberry foliage, crowns, and flowers are very vulnerable...

Diseases of Strawberries

Back to Common Problems - Strawberries 1) Gray Mold (Botrytis Rot) Photo: Jonas Janner Hamann, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Bugwood.org Photo: Jonas Janner Hamann, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Bugwood.org Gray mold also known as botrytis rot is the major fungus disease affecting...

Insects of Strawberries

Back to Common Problems - Strawberries 1) Strawberry Aphid, Chaetosiphon fragaefolii Photo: Jeffrey W. Lotz, Florida Department of Ag. and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org. Aphids are small, greenish-yellow, pear-shaped sucking insects that feed on the sap of leaves. These insects can spread viruses...

Cultural and Environmental - Grapes

Back to Common Problems - Grapes Spray damage (Phytotoxicity-Leaf burn) Sulfur, copper and copper sulfate (Bordeaux mixture) fungicides can burn the foliage of certain grape varieties (Concord). Read the label of the product you intend to apply to determine the percentage of active ingredient and...

Common Problems of Strawberries

Cultural and Environmental Diseases Insects Wildlife Cultural Management Practices for Pest Control in Strawberry Plantings Disease resistant strawberry cultivars. Whenever possible, purchase only certified planting stock from a reputable nursery as a primary defense against the introduction of...

Renovation and Overwintering Strawberries

Back to Strawberries Renovation of June-bearers June-bearing strawberry beds continue to produce for 3 - 5 years. Production life can be maximized through renovation. This technique is used in the matted row system to thin the beds and invigorate the planting. How to renovate: In the second year,...

Strawberry Care

Back to Strawberries Mulch and Irrigation Fertilizing Crop soil pH 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year June- bearing 6.0 3 oz. of 10-10-10 per 10 ft. of row, six weeks after planting; repeat in Aug. 3 oz. of 10-10-10 per 10 ft. of row in Aug. before new buds form. Same each succeeding year. Dayneutral 6.0 6...

Strawberries - Selection, Planting, Training

Back to Strawberries Selection Recommended strawberry varieties for Maryland home gardens June-bearing Earliglow Very early maturing variety. Fruit size is small to medium and highly flavored. The standard for early varieties. Annapolis Medium to large size fruit produced at the same time or just...

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