INFLUENCE OF LOW WINTER TEMPERATURES ON GROWTH AND FRUITING OF ‘ELSANTA’ RUNNER PLANTS IN POLAND
Runner plants (12.0–15.0 mm and 15.1–18.0 mm in crown diameter) obtained from the propagation field. Plants were lifted at two harvesting times, in fall soon after the first light frost, and in the late winter, after several cold nights with the temperature about -20°C near ground level. Five plant characteristics were evaluated: plant vigor, number of flowers per plant, average fruit size, total crop per plot, and sensitivity to Verticillium. No visible frost injury symptoms were observed on any plants. The harvest times did not have any significant influence on plant vigor or their sensitivity to Verticillium. However, low temperature decreased the total yield and the fruit size of smaller plants.
Zurawicz, E. and Dominikowski, J. (1993). INFLUENCE OF LOW WINTER TEMPERATURES ON GROWTH AND FRUITING OF ‘ELSANTA’ RUNNER PLANTS IN POLAND. Acta Hortic. 348, 389-391