Influence of Vermicomposts on field strawberries. Part 1 Effects on growth and yields

N.Q Arancon a,*, C.A Edwards a, P Bierman b, C.Welch c, J.D Metzger d

a Soil Ecology Laboratory, 400 Aronoff Laboratory, Ohio State University, 318 W 12Th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, USA, b Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, College of Argricultural, Food and Enviromental Sciences, University of Minnesota, 439 Borlaug Hall, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA, c The Ohio State University South Centers, Piketon, OH 45661, USA, d Department of Horticulture and Plant Sciences, The Ohio State University, 400 Aronoff Laboratory, 318 W 12th Avnue, Columbus, OH 43210, USA

Dry shoot weights and leaf areas of plants in plots treated with vermicompost did not differ from those in plots receiving inorganic fertilizers, whereas there were more (p< 0.05), runners and flowers on plants in plots grown with vermicompost treatments than on those grown with inorganic fertilizers. Marketable strawberries yields were greater (p<0.05) on plants grown in plots treated with vermicomposts than from plants grown in plots treated with only inorganic fertilizers.