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The effectiveness of new kinds of perforated film in cucumber cultivation

Piotr Siwek, Ewa Capecka, Edward Kunicki, Andrzej Kalisz

Department of Vegetable Crops and Horticultural Economics
University of Agriculture in Kraków
29 Listopada 54, 31-425 Kraków, Poland
e-mail: psiwek@ogr.ar.krakow.pl

The effect of some kinds of direct plant covering (4 perforated polythene films and nonwoven polypropylene) and soil mulching with black polythene film on the soil temperature and yielding of cucumber ‘Marinda F1’ was investigated in 2001 and 2002. Cucumber transplants were set out in the first 10 days of May and fruits were harvested till the end of July. Soil temperature was 4.2°C higher under polythene films than that without them. The effect of nonwoven polypropylene and black polythene mulch on temperature was slighter. The early and marketable yields of fruits were the highest in the case of applying polythene film with perforations of 6 cm in diameter as a direct cover at the beginning of plant growing and then as a mulch.

Siwek P., Capecka E., Kunicki E., Kalisz A., 2003. The effectiveness of new kinds of perforated film in cucumber cultivation. Folia Horticulturae 15/2: 65-69.