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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