Test your strawberry flower anatomy skills, Part 3
How does calyx size and shape affect strawberry color and susceptibility to decay?
The architecture of the calyx (or cap) on strawberries is an important feature to consider. If the calyx is large, it will trap moisture and promote decay (far left). If it is excessively reflexed, it looks a bit odd (far right). The perfect fruit would have a small to moderately sized calyx that is slightly reflexed as opposed to appressed (center). This will give the freshness color indicator while not promoting decay.
Watch our short video to learn more about strawberry plant anatomy!