Cold storage of strawberry plants

P. Lieten, A. Evenhuis, G. Baruzzi

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    Cold storage has not only been a good method to overwinter strawberry plants safely and to compensate for the lack of natural chilling. Initially cold stored plants were used for early spring cropping only. Meanwhile this technique has become a normal commercial practice among growers in central Europe and has given them the opportunity to extend the strawberry production season from July until January. Cold stored waiting bed plants have been used since the early seventies in The Netherlands and Belgium and currently represent an important part of strawberry production. These sixty-day-plants are planted mainly outdoors in the soil for a production from July until September. More recently waiting bed plants have gained popularity in the UK, Germany and northern Italy to extend the season. Alternatively in France and Germany cold stored runner (A+) plants are traditionally being used for a summer production outdoors followed by a spring crop. During the last decade module or tray plants have gained popularity for autumn cropping on substrate culture in plastic tunnels and greenhouses. During the most recent years the programmed ¿out of season¿ production of strawberries has become more important in several European countries. Intensive research has been going on concerning the improvement of the growing techniques and quality of plant material and cold storage conditions
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-82
    JournalInternational journal of fruit science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • A+ plants
    • Cold stored runner
    • Cold stored waiting plants
    • Fragaria ananassa
    • Module or tray plants


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