A TWO-YEAR FIELD COMPARISON OF STRAWBERRY FRESH-DUG AND PLUG-TRANSPLANTS ON PLASTIC MULCH
Preliminary commercial grower experiences in North Carolina with plug plants indicate that these do not require intensive overhead sprinkling for post-planting care. In addition, several new double-row plug mulch planters have been successfully used to mechanically transplant and water strawberry plugs. In this investigation, the field productivity of Chandler plugs was found to be comparable to conventional fresh dug plants in both the 1991 and 1992 fruiting seasons at the Central Crops Research Station, Clayton, NC (lat. 35 40'N, long. 78 30'W). However, there were significant seasonal differences in average fruit size and branch crown developement for plug transplants and fresh dug plants.