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Strawberry Leaves Turning Brown: Causes & Fixes

I got up, went through my morning ritual, and then I started writing fresh articles for you, my lovely readers. I’m not sure where I get all of my motivation, but everything seems wonderful and there is nothing to be unhappy about.

I never run out of energy for work, and because I wasn’t always like this, something changed in me such that I can’t go even a day without working. Every morning, I have fresh ideas for you and my fresh posts.

And unlike the previous times, this time I’ll talk about strawberries because they’re the most popular fruit and everyone loves them. When growing strawberry plants, there might occasionally be issues that prevent things from going smoothly. However, I am here for a reason, so there is no need to worry. I’ll now begin the bulk of my piece and provide you with all the details you want.

Why Are My Strawberry Leaves, Turning Brown?

Who could refuse strawberries? Because I adore strawberries so much, I find it impossible to picture a perfect summer day without them. Additionally, these are the most widely grown fruits by gardeners.

The most frequent problem that arises while growing strawberries is the appearance of browning strawberry leaves, and there may be several causes for this. The occurrence of illnesses, bacterial infections, and incorrect watering practices can all result in strawberry leaves becoming brown.

After briefly mentioning a few of the causes, it is necessary to go deeper, explore each cause in greater detail, and determine whether any measures can be taken to protect our strawberry plant from problems of this nature.

Watering Issues

Watering the strawberries is the most frequent cause of browning leaves. For strawberries to be able to grow healthily and develop properly, proper irrigation is necessary. The strawberries should be watered first thing in the morning so the leaves have time to dry before dusk.

Water the plants well, make sure the water gets to the roots, and steer clear of soaking the foliage because this can promote fungal illness. This will prevent the leaves from becoming brown.

Nutrient Deficiency

The leaves of strawberry plants may start to turn brown if one of the specific nutrients they need which they love to have in plenty in their soil is deficient. The three that are most crucial for strawberries are phosphorus, which promotes the growth of flowers and fruits, nitrogen for strong growth, and potassium, which is necessary for water absorption.

You must fertilize your strawberry plant and provide it with the vital nutrients it needs if you see that the leaves are turning brown and you are certain that this is the result of nutrient insufficiency.


The leaves can become brown from a variety of illnesses, particularly from fungi. Strawberry plants can be afflicted by several diseases. These diseases include leaf scorch, which is brought on by a lack of water, leaf spot, which develops when fungus or bacteria infect the plant, and leaf blight, which develops when fungi and bacteria combine.

You must first determine whether the leaves browning results from a disease, then inspect the plant’s roots and apply pesticides to eradicate the ailment.


Nematodes are tiny worms that feed on the roots of plants and reside in the soil. Nematodes harm the roots, which can result in the leaves becoming brown and, in most cases, the death of the strawberry plant.

Whether you notice dark leaves on your strawberry plant, determine the cause. If nematodes are to blame, inspect the roots to see if there has been much damage. If not, start removing the damaged roots.

Dry Soil

Since strawberry plants want their soil to be damp but not wet, they will wilt and turn brown if the soil is not sufficiently moist. As a result, you must continually maintain the plant moistly.

Regular watering of the strawberry plant is necessary to avoid this issue, especially during hot and dry weather.

How to Prevent Strawberry Leaves From Turning Brown?

You should bear in mind that if there are problems, there are also solutions or ways to avoid them. Therefore, there is no need to worry as it is now time to talk about how to protect our strawberry plants from problems of this nature so that they can develop into healthy plants.

Keep The Plant Hydrated

Strawberry plants require around an inch of water every week, and it is crucial to water at the plant’s base rather than from above. Always be sure to give the strawberries the right amount of water to keep them hydrated for as long as possible.

Strawberry plants will be able to grow healthily and prevent many potential problems if this is done. As you can see, one of the most important components of producing strawberries is irrigation.

Avoid Over Fertilizing

Although I explained that strawberry plants prefer nutrient-rich soil, this does not mean you should overfertilize the plant. Make sure you carefully follow the manufacturer’s directions and avoid overdoing when fertilizing your plant.

Use Fungicides With Copper And Captan

When applying insecticides, try to pick ones with copper and captan since they can aid in protecting the plant from fungus-related illnesses.

Provide Good Air Circulation

Make sure your strawberry plant has adequate air circulation since crowded strawberry plants are more susceptible to fungal illnesses. By removing any leaves that are touching the ground or other plants, you can increase air circulation.

Final Words

I’m now finishing the last few sentences of this essay. Although strawberries are a plant that is simple to cultivate, as you can see from this article, there are always potential problems, so you should be ready for them. You should first understand the causes of the problems before attempting to fix them.

It’s not difficult to grow strawberries; all you need to do is be a little more cautious and take good care of your plant to be able to prevent any potential problems.

Good luck to you, and I hope you enjoy this post. Take care everyone!

Further Reading

Here are a few more articles you might find useful. Before going on to another post to discover how to make sure your geraniums remain in bloom for the bulk of the time, read this article to educate yourself if you don’t have a routine for watering cucumbers and aren’t sure if you should water them or not.

Before going on to another article to read about a strawberry plant that is dying and discover what you can do to rescue it, you could read some tips in this one on how to fix an issue with your cactus.

Ella Holmes

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