[Market-farming] strawberry roots when planting? straight or not

Richard Robinson rrobinson at nasw.org
Thu May 17 08:51:44 EDT 2012

I've always wondered as well. Here's a study suggesting it doesn't matter:


"...Treatments consisted of transplants set in the conventional planting with roots in a “J” root shape, and transplants set in holes that were enlarged using a small hand spade to accommodate the entire length of the transplant's root system in a vertical orientation (straight rooted)...No significant differences were detected for marketable yield or any other variable during any period..."

which is good, because of the thousand plants I put in yesterday, I'd guess only half were completely straight down.

  Richard Robinson
  Hopestill Farm

On 5/17/2012 at 8:48:18 AM, Scott Breneman wrote:
> Every planting guide I've seen says "roots must be planted straight down"
> but does not explain why.  If our have a bit of a J shape  due to planting
> with a waterwheel, is that going to impede their growth significantly?
> Scott
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