Watering Critical Right Now! (Oct. 8, 2014)

Posted On October 8, 2014— Written By Barclay Poling

sw charlie 3 daysFig. 1. This producer followed the practice of sprinkling-in new plugs – today was Day 3.

Overhead irrigation is still the favored approach for plug establishment. Irrigate plugs 5 hours the first day, 3 hours the second and 2 hours the third day. (More may be needed if it is hot and sunny). It is a good idea to check several plug plants  2-3 days after planting  to make sure soil moisture is adequate — you should see new white roots within a couple days of transplanting. In Fig. 1 you can see excellent new rooting on plug plant.

fresh dugsFig. 2. Fresh dugs of Camarosa set on 10/2 (Thur) and how they look today (10/8). I noted some apparent damage to older leaves but there has been new leafing out since planting last week.

overhead sprinklingFig. 3. Overhead sprinkling is absolutely a must for fresh dugs!

Irrigate fresh dug plants from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for 7-12 days. Don’t start irrigation in the morning until you see fresh dugs beginning to wilt down slightly. In the photos below we are inspecting a new transplant’s root system on 6th day since planting.

check for rootsFig. 4. Inspecting a larger crown fresh dug plant for new rooting on Day 6 (Oct 8, 2014).

new rootsFig. 5. Inspecting a smaller fresh dug plant on Day 6.

new roots 2Fig. 6. In this photo you can just barely see the nice new rootlets that have emerged in last day or two on the small fresh dug plant.

larger fd rootsFig. 7. In this photo you can also begin to see new rooting on larger fresh dug of Camarosa (from PEI).

Have a good evening!

Dr. E. Barclay Poling
Professor Emeritus (Strawberry Plasticulture Researcher)
& Interim Exec. Dir., NC Strawberry Assn., Inc.
Department of Horticultural Science
Campus Box 7609, 162A Kilgore Hall
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
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