Performance of Florida-produced Containerized Strawberry Transplants

Pei-Wen Huang, Bielinski M Santos, Vance M Whitaker, Craig D Stanley, Steven A Sargent

Abstract


Using containerized transplants (plugs) is an alternative to bare-root transplants for strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa) production in order to reduce water use during establishment. However, their price is double that of bare-root transplants. Three cultivars of strawberries (‘Strawberry Festival’, ‘Florida Radiance’, and ‘Winterstar’) were plugged on different dates (26 July or 16 Aug. 2010) in west-central Florida for evaluating their performance compared to bare-root transplants. Plugging date treatments were combined with different transplant establishment practices. Bare-root transplants were established with either 10 days of sprinkler irrigation (control) or 6 days of sprinkler irrigation followed by foliar application of kaolin clay on the 7th day. Containerized transplants were established with either 2 days of sprinkler irrigation followed by foliar kaolin clay application on the 3rd day or 2 days of sprinkler irrigation without kaolin clay.


Keywords


Fragaria ×ananassa, plugs, kaolin clay, crop establishment

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283