Interplanting secondary crops does not affect strawberry yield

John R. Duval, Elizabeth A. Golden, Alicia Whidden

Abstract


To increase the utility of land preparation, existing plastic mulch and microirrigation, secondary crops are planted in beds with winter annual strawberries (Fragaria ananassa Duch). This practice allows for earlier harvesting of the secondary crop. Planting takes place up to 5-6 weeks before the end of the strawberry production season dependant on strawberry variety. Common secondary crops are squash (Cucurbita pepo L.), muskmelon (cantaloupe, Cucumis melo Naud.), pickles (Cucumis sativus L.), and peppers (Capsicum annuum L.). A study was instituted that examined the effect of interplanting squash, muskmelon, and pickles from seed, and muskmelon and pepper from transplants, on yield of strawberry. Plantings of secondary crops occurred on 28 Feb., 7 Mar., 14 Mar., and 21 Mar., 2003 into a stand of 'Strawberry Festival' strawberries. Data were collected for marketable yield, number of marketable berries, and cull fruit until 31 Mar., 2003. No significant differences were detected among treatments.

Keywords


capsicum annuum; cucumis melo; cucumis sativus; cucurbita pepo; fragaria ananass; double cropping

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