If you’ve ever been interested in the cultivation of strawberries fruit, you know that the question “Do I have to cut strawberry leaves?” is one of the most important for those gardeners who grow this sensitive plant.
Thinking about strawberries
“Pros” that support you in your choice to cut strawberry leaves are related with simple and clear facts: any disease and insect damage appear as spots on old leaves. That’s why cutting off the old leaves on the bushes of strawberries can be carried out preventive health. It may increase the flow of nutrients in the new leaves. However, some experts do not share these ideas.
Opponents argue that fungal spores and disease are not just on the older leaves, but most importantly – in the soil. Therefore, new green leaves of strawberries will be doomed to disease, despite the preventive cut.
However, the positive effect that supports the idea to cut strawberry leaves has been studied by researchers at the Uman National University of Horticulture, the oldest agrarian university in Ukraine and Central Eastern Europe. They came to the conclusion that a reduction in a leaf area by 6% gives a yield increase by 15%.
They use Petiole as a tool for leaf area measurement.
Therefore, we will cut strawberry leaves.
But how to do it right?
Cut Strawberry Leaves in 5 steps
There is a separate gardening ritual sacrament such as cropping strawberry leaves. Its main components include:
For your toolkit to cut strawberry leaves you will need:
- gloves for hand protection;
- secateurs with thin blades or well-sharpened scissors;
- a bucket or bag for circumcision leaves.
Trimming the leaves of strawberries should be carried out in early August. This procedure is better to pick up time in the morning or evening, but always – on an overcast day.
Neither heat nor rain is not good prerequisites for pruning
- Cut the old and the affected leaves, leaving the stalks 10 – 12 cm.
- Do not leave old leaves in the garden, because they are a breeding ground for mould diseases.
- Also, it is better do not cut the root sheet of the strawberry crop, because, in this case, new leaves will not appear – you will remove the so-called “growth point”
- Finally, do not mow old leaves, because you can damage the young leaves and roots.
After cutting the leaves, you need to use complex fertilizer. Or you can use a self-made solution of potassium permanganate.
Follow a ratio of 2 g of potassium permanganate per 10 litres of water to produce a dark pink solution for the strawberry beds.
No harm will also scatter the ashes on a bed at the rate of 150 g per 1 meter – namely, the ash helps to fight with spores of fungi and diseases.
After cutting the leaves, the bushes need to pour a little portion of water every day or every other day until the new leaves will appear.
If the new foliage has already appeared, it can be watered less frequently.
Strawberries do not like too wet conditions, so the main rule – do not overdo it.
This procedure is quite interesting and fun, but only if you do not have a lot of strawberry bushes.
Because if you are a strawberry grower, this method is not appropriate.
You must think about a different way how to care about your strawberry beds.