Rowcovers Improve Sweetpotato Transplant Production in Field Beds and Hotbeds

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  • 1 Department of Horticulture, 101 Funchess Hall, Auburn University, Auburn University, AL 36849-5408.

Transparent polyethylene is used to enhance sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.] transplant production in hotbeds and unheated field beds. Black plastic is used also in unheated field beds. The use of these bed covers, however, frequently results in transplant damage due to overheating. Despite the positive results obtained by using rowcovers in sweetpotato transplant production, recommendations for their use are not included in extension publications. Successful adoption of rowcovers by sweetpotato transplant producers in Alabama is illustrated.

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