DIFFERENCES IN FRUIT BUD FORMATION ON STRAWBERRIES GROWN AT SEA LEVEL AND HIGH ALTITUDE
Flower bud initiation took place during September and October depending on cultivar, year, planting time and location. Floral organs had the fastest growth rate in Adana where the buds were ready to flower in January. This is advantageous for early production. In Pozanti bud growth paused through the winter and early spring due to low temperatures. However, since high elevation runner plants were rich in reserves and had satisfied their chilling requirement, they were suitable for winter planting.
The cultivars under investigation have not shown any problem from the stand point of flower bud formation.