Tomato Transplant Morphology Affected by Handling and Storage Academic Article uri icon


  • Shoot and root growth changes in response to handling and storage time in `Sunny' tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) transplants were investigated. Transplants, 45 days old, were stored either in trays (nonpulled) or packed in boxes (pulled) for 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 days at 5 and 15C. Also, 35-day-old nonpulled and pulled transplants were kept in darkness at 20/28C for 0, 1, 2, or 3 days. At SC, pulled transplants had longer and heavier stems, a higher shoot: root ratio, higher ethylene evolution, and lower root dry weight than nonpulled transplants. At 15C, pulled transplants had more shoot growth than nonpulled transplants. Nonpulled, initially 35-day-old transplants had heavier shoots and roots and higher (7.0 tha-1) yields of extra-large fruit than pulled transplants (4.1 tha-1), but there were no differences in the total yields of marketable fruits.

published proceedings

  • HortScience

author list (cited authors)

  • Leskovar, D. I., & Cantliffe, D. J.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Leskovar, Daniel I||Cantliffe, Daniel J

publication date

  • November 1991