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Jun 19, 2009 03:12 PM

orange mold on strawberry plant

All of a sudden there's a mysterious bright orange-colored mold growing on 2 of my Alpine Strawberry plants that I've had for years.
It appears like a bunch of little dots all over the plant.

Any thoughts? Solutions? Or suggestions how to get answers?

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  1. Has it been especially wet where you are? Strawberries can be affected by slime molds in wet or humid weather. If that's what it is, it's actually not harmful. You can wash the mold off the leaves or just wait for it to go away during a hot spell.

    If your strawberries are mulched, that can exacerbate the mold. You can scrape the mulch away from the plants until the mold goes away, then put it back.

    Make sure it's not powdery or downy mildew, though. Powdery mildew is white and powdery, downy mildew is white and furry. Both can kill your plants. (Doesn't sound like either, though.)

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    1. re: mudster

      It is rust, a different sort of fungus. A discussion here: