If you’ve ever been interested in the cultivation of fruit, you know that the question “Do I have to cut the leaves of strawberries?” is one of the most important for those gardeners who grow this crop.
“Pros” of cutting strawberry leaves are related with simple and clear facts: any disease and insect damage appear as spots on old leaves, thus cutting off the old leaves on the bushes of strawberries can be carried out preventive health and 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 pruning.
However, the positive effect of pruning the leaves of strawberries has been studied by researchers at Uman National University of Horticulture and they came to the conclusion that a reduction in a leaf area by 6% gives yield increase 15%.
Therefore, we will cut.
And how to do it right?
There is a separate gardening ritual sacrament such as cropping strawberry leaves. Its main components are:
- Tools: You will need gloves (hand protection), secateurs with thin blades or well-sharpened scissors and a bucket or bag for circumcision leaves.
- Time: 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.
- Method: 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 old diseases. Do not cut the root sheet of strawberry crop, because, in this case, new leaves will not appear – you will remove the so-called “growth point”. Do not mow old leaves, because you can damage the young leaves and roots.
- Processing: after cutting the leaves, you need to use complex fertilizer or a self-made solution of potassium permanganate at a ratio of 2 g of potassium permanganate per 10 liters of water to produce a dark pink solution (as experienced gardeners are advised to separate) 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.
- Watering: 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. If you are a strawberry planter, so this method is not appropriate for your strawberry beds and should be considered better ways to care for strawberries.