Not so sweet strawberries

We have grown strawberries for quite a few years but I have found that this year, although the crop is fairly good, the strawberries are quite tart. Could this be the lack of sun? They have never been like this before.

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  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Indeed lack of sun, it takes warm sunlight to change the starches into sugars - all berries etc. will be sour this year due to poor light.  Mine haven't even thought about going red yet, never mind sweet.

     

     

     

  • SFordSFord Posts: 224

    My strawberries taste very watery - too much rain perhaps?  They are also rotting on the plant before I have a chance to ripen - boo!

  • Thank you Bookertoo, I thought it may be the case.

  • SFordSFord Posts: 224

    Of course, I meant - THEY have a chance to ripen - not ME!!image

  • KageeKagee Posts: 1

    Yes SFord mine are the same, watery and rotting on the plants but have also had a problem with ants burrowing into them

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806
    Kagee wrote (see)

    Yes SFord mine are the same, watery and rotting on the plants but have also had a problem with ants burrowing into them

    Ants don't burrow into strawberries- something else has made a hole bird or slug probably- then ants, woodlice etc move in to clean up

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