Question of the Week – Phytophthora Crown Rot

This week, the question was: What has caused the dark brown discoloration in the crown of this strawberry plant?

This dark reddish/brown discoloration in the crown is a typical symptom of Phytophthora crown rot. The first observable signs of this disease include wilting and browning of the leaves in the field. Phytophthora is most serious in fields with overly wet soil. For information about Phytophthora management in strawberries, see the Southeastern Strawberry IPM Guide or download the MyIPM app.

This week’s question is from Justin Ballew, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Research Associate.

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