CROP ROTATION IN STRAWBERRY CULTIVATION. WHICH CROPS SHOULD NOT BE PLANTED AFTER STRAWBERRIES? WHICH FORECROP IS THE BEST?

Indeed, it has been proven that there is a correlation between the preceding crop and the height and quality of strawberry yields. Some strawberry varieties are easily infected by the fungus (Verticillium dahliae) , the cause of a dangerous root system disease – verticillium wilt.

Therefore, strawberries should not be planted after plants that, due to their susceptibility to this pathogen, may cause its accumulation in the soil, thus after blackberries, raspberries, currants, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, as well as after cruciferous plants and, of course, after strawberries.
Good preceding crops are legumes (lupin, peas, beans, vetch), onions, as well as root vegetables (carrot, parsley, celery, beet). And the perfect preceding crops are cereals, rapeseed, mustard, and notably: marigold. Especially mustard and marigold, due to their phytosanitary impact on the soil, effectively combat pathogenic fungi, including not only Verticillium but also Phytophthora and Fusarium, as well as very dangerous soil nematodes.

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HOW MANY YEARS CAN STRAWBERRIES BE GROWN IN THE SAME PLACE?

On average, strawberries🍓 should not be grown in the same spot for more than 2 to 3 years. Extending beyond this period is not advisable as several factors come into play:

Soil conditions🌱 – Strawberries tend to thrive longer in lighter, but fertile, humus-rich, and well-drained soils than in cold, heavy, and waterlogged ones.

Variety – Some varieties are more resistant to soil nematodes and root system diseases (e.g., the old, reliable (Senga Sengana) than others. The less resistant ones usually become unsuitable for cultivation after 3 years (sometimes even after 2 years) and are only good “for plowing under”. More resistant varieties can bear fruit in the same spot for 4 years, and sometimes even 5 years.🧐

Weed infestation level – In plots that are poorly prepared, i.e., heavily overgrown with couch grass and other troublesome weeds, it’s not worth the effort. It’s better, for example, after 2 years, to eliminate such a cultivation and plant new strawberries in another, better-prepared location.😊

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