The relationship between yield and strawberry runner characteristics

The productivity of strawberry is dependent on the supply of high-quality nursery plants. The effect of runner characteristics on the yields of plants in south-east Queensland was investigated. Yields were best with a planting from mid- to late March for ‘Festival’ and from early to mid-April for ‘Fortuna’. Research in north America suggests that the best yields occur when the runners are exposed to significant chilling in the nurseries. Experiments are required to determine if the temperature models developed in America can predict yield and runner quality in Australia.