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It's grey mould. See the link below to the rhs for treatment and advice.
Thanks Dave. I've cut the worst affected bits off - these are my strawberries I'd "rescued" from the bargain bin at Homebase so "plants under stress" definitely qualifies since I don't think they'd seen a watering can for quite some time!
I've also spaced them out around the patio (they're in pots til the ground is properly prepared) so there's plenty of space for ventilation which will hopefully help matters although they weren't exactly crowded before hand.
Hopefully they'll recover!
They'll be fine Clari. Let them get a bit more robust and you'll get a nice crop next year. They're tough plants but they'll just need a bit of time to get healthy. You'll get some runners to take from them later to build up your stock.
Last night I noticed that a couple of my strawberry plants (the bigger ones with most fruit) were developing white tips to the serrations on the leaves like someone had dipped them in icing sugar - is this an early stage of grey mould or something else?
I was cutting off runners and noticed a couple of leaf stems turning brown although the leaves still looked healthy - I'll prune those out tonight anyway.
I have set up drip watering evenly over the whole bed, but the plants at the end furthest from the trees (that get more time in the sun) have grown much bigger so are crowding each other and probably need extra water....
I was impressed at how quickly they came round considering how crispy a few of them were (I was expecting a 50% success but we're more like 80%). Hopefully we'll see signs of new growth soon and then I'll sit happy.
Now I just need to work out where they and the ones in pots from my last house are going to go! I've redesigned the garden so many times now I rather wish I could afford to employ someone to put the foundations / beds in quick before I change my mind again! The last location is right in what is now designated chicken territory (I say designated because you know they'll be free ranging through the vegetable plots at some point!) So needs to be changed to somewhere a little more protected.