Applications of (2-chloroethyl) trimethylammonium chloride (CCC), by foliar spray or to the soil, shortened petioles and decreased top and root growth of strawberry plants. Application of gibberellic acid increased petiole length and fresh weights of tops but not of roots. Applied together gibberellic acid overcame the depression of growth in weight of tops induced by CCC and countered the depression in petiole lengths. Gibberellic acid induced elongation of internodes of the vegetative stem and the elongation was increased substantially by concurrent application of CCC.
This synergism in stem growth indicates a lack of antagonism between CCC and exogenous gibberellic acid in strawberry. The implications are discussed.