Submitted to: North American Strawberry Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: April 30, 2002
Publication Date: November 15, 2002
Citation: Takeda, F. 2002. Effects of transplant conditioning on 'chandler' strawberry performance in out-of-season greenhouse production systems. North American Strawberry Conference Proceedings. Technical Abstract: Plug plants of 'Chandler' strawberry were transplanted into horizontal nutrient film technique (NFT) gutters and pots. Plants produced from runner tips and transferred into a 1-L container in September developed greater numbers of branch crowns and produced more fruit in winter than plants maintained in 0.08-L cells. Plug plants derived from large and small tips produced similar yields. Chilling (10 degrees C) plug plants during the nyctoperiod for 20 days had no effect on the fruiting pattern or total yield. Fruit production in NFT gutters was as much as 0.9 kg/plant. Pest problems were minimized by regular releases of predatory mites for control of two-spotted spider mites and flower thrips.