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Strawberry Tree Diseases

Strawberry Tree Diseases

Although it is a very resistant plant, the strawberry tree is often subject to attacks from various diseases which, if not treated promptly, could damage it and even cause its death. Being native to the Mediterranean area, the strawberry tree prefers warm or mild climates, although it still manages to grow at colder temperatures. In any case, it is good to pay particular attention to the soil: if it is too humid or too wet, in fact, the strawberry tree will risk being affected by fungal diseases. To avoid them, it is advisable to water it only when it is planted and then only in case of excessive heat or summer drought. If kept in pots, however, the strawberry tree should be watered more frequently, but never more than once a week. In case the fungi attack the plant,

Strawberry tree diseases, parasites


In addition to fungal diseases, parasites, in particular aphids, which usually attack and damage the foliage, give problems to the strawberry tree: in this case it is necessary to intervene using a specific and not too aggressive insecticide product. There are specific symptoms that help us identify a disease of the strawberry tree: if, for example, the leaves progressively turn yellow or have spots on the back, then it means that our plant has contracted a fungal disease. If the disease is in the initial stage, the yellowing will be only superficial, if instead the fungus has expanded a lot then the spots will be larger and more evident and the leaves will begin to fall. In addition to copper-based products, attention must be paid to the soil if the strawberry tree is kept in pots:

Strawberry tree cures


To try to keep diseases away, it is necessary to guarantee some fundamental cures to the strawberry tree. First of all, you need to choose the most suitable position: this plant loves sunny places, but it also grows well in partial shade, especially in areas with very hot climates. In general, the cold is not a problem for the strawberry tree, but for newly planted plants it could be: for the first time it is therefore advisable to shelter the seedlings in the winter period, or cover them with specific fabrics for plants. The ideal soil of the strawberry tree is rocky, not too rich in organic substance and above all well drained: to promote drainage it is useful to combine the soil with pumice stone. It must also be remembered that stagnant water is very dangerous, it should be watered only if there is a prolonged drought. Finally, in spring, it must be fertilized at the base to spur its growth.

Arbutus characteristics and multiplication


The strawberry tree can become a tree or it can remain a shrub, in any case it can reach up to ten meters in height, even if it is normally kept at a height of five meters at most. The foliage is dark green and glossy but the interesting feature of this very decorative plant is the flowering: it occurs in spring, when many bell-shaped white flowers bloom. Shortly after the budding of the inflorescences, the fruits also grow, which have a round shape, a rough surface, a reddish color and a very sweet taste. The strawberry tree can be propagated by seed or by cuttings: the seeds must be installed in spring in a soil composed of sand and peat in equal quantities. The cuttings, on the other hand, it is preferable to practice them in summer, or in winter if you want to opt for a woody cutting.

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