Evaluation of Mulch Colour for Enhancing Winter-Strawberry Production under Polyhouse in Mid-Hills of Himachal Pradesh

Authors

  • Bunty Shylla Author
  • C L Sharma Author

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24154/jhs.v5i1.489

Keywords:

Strawberry, Polyhouse, Mulch Colour, Fruit Yield, Fruit Quality

Abstract

Strawberry cultivation in Himachal Pradesh is mainly based on outdoor planting using hay as mulch and, very recently, using black polythene as mulch. The bulk of its production under field conditions usually occurs in April- May when market price is quite low. In an effort to make the crop remunerative through enhanced winter-production, a polyhouse experiment was set up to investigate influence of mulch colour on off-season fruiting response, fruit size and quality in strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.). Plants of cv. Chandler were planted in September, 2004. Irrigation was imposed using the given through T-Tape system, from 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM. Yellow plastic mulch significantly increased number of fruits, effected early and higher total yield compared to black or silver-over-purple plastic mulches. Un-mulched bed produced lowest yield and fruit quality. Yellow plastic mulch raised soil temperature by at least 2°C compared to the un-mulched bed.

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Published

30-06-2010

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Original Research Papers

How to Cite

Shylla, B., & Sharma, C. L. (2010). Evaluation of Mulch Colour for Enhancing Winter-Strawberry Production under Polyhouse in Mid-Hills of Himachal Pradesh. Journal of Horticultural Sciences, 5(1), 34-37. https://doi.org/10.24154/jhs.v5i1.489

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