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Effects of girdling time on growth, yield, and fruit maturity of the low chill peach cultivar Flordaprince


Allan, P and George, AP and Nissen, RJ and Rasmussen, TS, Effects of girdling time on growth, yield, and fruit maturity of the low chill peach cultivar Flordaprince, Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 33, (6) pp. 781-785. ISSN 0816-1089 (1993) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1993 CSIRO

DOI: doi:10.1071/EA9930781


Low chill Flordaprince peach trees in subtropical Australia were trunk-girdled at 1 of 3 times during fruit development: pre stone hardening (pre SH), post stone hardening (post SH), and 2 weeks before expected first harvest (BFH). Measures were made of fruit and shoot growth, harvest data, and starch levels in different tree parts.

The pre SH girdling gave the greatest (P < 0.05) increase in fruit size during stage 2 of fruit development, and pre and post SH girdling treatments gave progressively earlier (P < 0.05) and shorter (10 days v. 24 days for control) main harvest period. Girdling resulted in greater numbers of fruit of larger, desirable marketable size (> 90 g) than the control, although the latter caught up in average yield because of longer development period and some variability in numbers of fruit per tree. Split pip was not a problem. Fruit sugar content was significantly (P < 0.05) higher with post SH and BFH girdling treatments than with control or pre SH treatment. Girdling temporarily increased starch levels in the leaves and shoots and reduced shoot growth.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural crop growth and development
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Horticultural crops not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nissen, RJ (Dr Robert Nissen)
ID Code:112199
Year Published:1993
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-10-30
Last Modified:2017-04-13

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