Methods for Strawberry Transplant Establishment in Florida
Hands holding harvested strawberries. Photo taken 02-05-20. Photo Credits: UF/IFAS Photo by Cristina Carriz
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early establishment
strawberry plugs
plastic mulch
kaolin clay
crop protectants
reflective plastic mulch

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Torres-Quezada, Emmanuel, Lincoln Zotarelli, Vance Whitaker, and Shinsuke Agehara. 2020. “Methods for Strawberry Transplant Establishment in Florida”. EDIS 2020 (6).


Florida is the second largest strawberry producer in the United States, with an annual farm gate value of about $300 million. Planting occurs from late September through late October, and high air temperatures pose significant challenges for transplant establishment and thus yield and fruit quality. The primary purpose of this new 4-page publication of the UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department is to provide research-based recommendations on transplant establishment methods for strawberry growers in Florida. The techniques presented are overhead irrigation application methods and practices, strawberry plugs and bare-root transplants, crop protectants, and reflective mulching. Written by Emmanuel Torres-Quezada, Lincoln Zotarelli, Vance M. Whitaker, and Shinsuke Agehara.
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