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Not all frost/freeze events will be similar and strategies to protect your crop can be modified appropriately based on the weather conditions and stage of crop development. Strawberry crowns are fairly tolerant of low temperatures when dormant and can tolerate temperatures up to the lower teens (ºF). However, as the plant awakens in the spring season, tissues are rehydrated, and the plant begins to grow. There is a loss of cold tolerance with rehydration. Additionally, flower structures begin to emerge from the crown, and those are sensitive to low temperatures and will require some form of protection to avoid damage.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
August 27, 2018