Strawberries defective

I planted a new strawberry bed this spring, and it’s been a disappointment. Rutgers Scarlet are now coming ripe, but the berries are dull in color and very seedy on the surface. Some are dried and leathery-brown looking, but they don’t have that foul taste of leather disease.

I’m growing these under woven plastic, as I’ve done before with no problems.

Could this be simply a problem of letting first-year plants fruit, and next year everything will be miraculously fine?

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If you where in an area with the recent 90 degree heatwave. That is likely what did them in for the season.

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I’ve had some similar issues this year (5%)

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I certainly was!

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What few I had this year were small and seedy. I chalked it up to the late freeze just as some of mine were beginning to bloom. About 3-4 weeks ahead of schedule.

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