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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 5:23 pm    Post subject: Strawberry Tree Brown Spots Reply with quote

Hi Guys, i have a lot of Brown or Black spots, ( see pics) on my Strawberry Tree. Can anything be done, to get rid of them, or is the Tree dying


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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi summer
not sure what the black spots are but could be due to the severe winter, mine looks way worse in fact would be pleased if mine was as good looking as yours , have had deiback on a lot of the branches on the northern side of it but can see some new buds appearing lower down . even though its a native we are at the extreme end of its range . good luck with it .
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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like fungal leaf spot.

Enforce strict garden hygiene around your strawberry Tree.
Rake out and remove any dead leaves at the base of the plant, destroy these at a safe distance away by burning.
Also, remove any dead or badly damaged leaves on the plants and destroy these as well.
Fungal spores may exist on these dead / damaged leaves and spread the disease through wind and rain dispersal.

An strawberry Tree under stress will suffer more from the effects diseases and viruses.
De-stress your plants by keeping them well watered in dry spells and keeping them fed throughout the growing season.
Apply a pelleted chicken manure once a season; this should be adequate if you have an open, friable soil but it is not effective in heavy, sticky clay soils. In that case, you could also try applying a foliar feed such as Phostrogen or Miracle-gro (when the leaves return).

The leaves on the plant look a little off-green, which could mean it is having difficulty extracting nutrients from the soil due to its desire for soil with an acidic PH.
It might be worth your while applying a liquid feed designed for use on acid-loving/lime-hating plants.
Apply to the root-zone and foliage of your affected plants.
Look for liquid feeds labelled Sequestrene or chelated iron.

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