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steephillsteephill Posts: 2,644



Apologies for the title but it is descriptive! I have lots of strawberry plants which produce these berries:-





Looks like lots of smaller strawberries merged together. The flowers seem normal and the fruits are delicious, just a funny shape image.  I guess it is some sort of virus which produces them. Has anyone else had this happen to their strawberries?



  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,366

    I've had this happen before too steephill. No idea why it happens but it certainly doesn't stop them tasting nice image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    I'll get the ice cream!

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,584

    If you google "funny shaped strawberries" you see some amazing examplesimage

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    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    It's caused by incomplete pollination and can happen to any kind of strawberry and results in the flesh being 'pinched' in the area where the seeds (which are on the outside of course) haven't been fertilized.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BoaterBoater Posts: 241

    I agree with Bob - it's poor pollination, most websites or books about strawberry problems describe them as cat-faced. Need more Bees!

  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,644

    It doesn't look like cat-facing or a pollination problem. I have had examples of that problem over the years and that distortion looks quite different. My funny strawberries don't have any pinched areas, they are fully pollinated, plump, tender and delicious.

    Having done a bit more research it looks like this is an example of fasciation - . This seems to be caused by cold dry conditions in the Autumn which is a reasonable explanation as I keep them in a cold greenhouse which doesn't see any Sun from October onwards. I also tend to keep the greenhouse dry after the growing season is over. I initially suspected virus problems because I have let these propagate for at least the last 15 years.


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