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Thread: Problem with my Malwina Strawberries!

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    Freaky! It's the fruit equivalent of the stuffed two headed calf that used to morbidly fascinate me in a museum I used to visit as a child....

    How pants for you. Can't see that they'll ever come good, I suspect you'd be better off starting afresh with some different variety.
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    I might be tempted to send the whole lot back to the supplier and demand a refund

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    What are the green blobs on what I presume is the fruit? Looks like aphids, but I may be wrong.
    These are embrionic leaf formations. I'm hoping that I get some normal fruits eventually.

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    Not seen anything like that before, hope it all comes good for you eventually.
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    How bizzare.. one of the fruit experts on here may know - may be worth either re-posting there,or I can move it there for you?

    I doubt that's a pollination problem, looks like a genectic malfunction

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrismarks View Post
    How bizzare.. one of the fruit experts on here may know - may be worth either re-posting there,or I can move it there for you?

    I doubt that's a pollination problem, looks like a genectic malfunction
    Chris.

    I'd be grateful if you could move it thanks.

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    Hi, I have grown Malwina strawbs for the first time this year and I have exactly this problem. No one can really shed any light on it and I am dying to know what happened.
    Shall I keep these plants or bin them.
    Did you find out why.
    Odd that they are the same variety, cannot wait for your reply,
    Sarah

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    Have had same problem so contacted supplier Pomona Fruits and I have to say, although bad news, they replied promptly and are sending replacement variey of my choice. This is what they have told me:-
    It's technical name is phyllody and is caused by interference with developmental genes, so that certain plant organs do not develop normally but switch to something else instead.

    The most likely cause is infection with a mycoplasma. These have alternative plant hosts and can be transmitted by insects such as leaf hoppers. It is best to remove and destroy any plants showing these symptoms, to prevent the mycoplasma spreading.

    We can send you 12 replacement plants but would suggest you choose an alternative variety. This is a rare problem (the last case we saw was many years ago), but if you have experienced the problem I think it would be wise to plant with another variety. If you can get back to us with your choice of variety, we will get some replacement plants sent to you.

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