Welcome to this article that will be discussing why you might be starting to see holes in the leaves of your strawberry plant. It is most likely insects that are starting to eat away at your plant. The most common one is something called a caterpillar.
This is a pretty serious issue as they can completely destroy your entire strawberry bush and garden. These insects are not really only specific to just strawberry plants, they will spread onto other berry bushes or even vegetables.
Follow along in this article and we will learn even more about some of the things you could be doing to help your strawberry plant have an even better chance at surviving if there are insects attacking it.
Strawberry Leaves Holes
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article here, the reason you are starting to see holes in your strawberry leaves is because of caterpillars. These are some of the most common insects that can start to eat away at it.
But thankfully if you can manage to keep your strawberry plant healthy otherwise, the risk of insects starting to eat it is very small. If the plant is not very healthy from the start it’s a much easier target for both insects as well as diseases.
There are a few things you could do to get rid of these nasty insects. The first one is to use pesticides. But be aware that all berries you harvest need to be very carefully washed as there will be chemicals harmful to the body on them. This also makes your garden a nonorganic one if you choose this option.
The other choice would be to manually remove them with a small tweezer. This is probably the most time-consuming option, however. The small insects will be very hard to spot but at least you haven’t used any pesticides or unnatural chemicals on the plant.
The long-term effect of using these chemicals is that the next set of plants that might grow there will contain these pesticides. That is not the way to go forward in our opinion. So as you might guess, we believe the best way to counter these insects is to pick them yourself and throw them away.
If you want to learn more about treating strawberries after being harvested, then we suggest reading this article right here, Unwashed Strawberries.
What Do You Spray Strawberries With
There can be several different insects and diseases that can affect your strawberry plant. Some of the most common ways to counter these things are also not the most organic or environmentally friendly ones either.
Using sprays on the plants will make for a hostile environment for the insects. But it will also leave traces of chemicals on the berries that are then harvested from these plants. These chemicals can never really be gotten rid of, the closest we can do is lower the amount of them.
But if you feel you need to use a spray, then go to your local gardening store and ask them for pesticide sprays that work with berry bushes. They will most likely have a rather large selection for you to choose from.
If you are curious about strawberries being related to roses then this is the article for you, Are Strawberries Related To Roses?
How Do You Keep Worms Out Of Strawberries
Getting rid of worms from strawberries is best done by just keeping a healthy plant. But also harvesting the berries in time. It’s often that the worms start appearing when the berry is way overripe and there is a lot of attractive fruit sugar present in them.
So to avoid this, make sure you don’t leave any berries on the plant that could be a breeding ground for insects looking for nutrition.