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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● STOP grey mould on straw­ber­ries

Straw­berry sea­son is al­most upon us – if grey mould hasn’t in­vaded our crops.

This fun­gal dis­ease – Botry­tis cinerea – en­ters the tiny fruit be­fore the flower pe­tals fall and re­mains dor­mant as the fruit de­vel­ops, but when the weather be­comes damp, it will in­fect the straw­ber­ries, pro­duc­ing pale brown rot­ting patches and a grey, fluffy mould.

The only so­lu­tion is to re­move any dead or dy­ing leaves and ru­ined fruit from the plant. To stop it, place straw­berry mats or straw un­der the fruits to keep them dry and stop rain splash­ing from the ground.

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