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Influence of pruning on clingstone peaches cultivated under rainfed conditions in the Mexican tropic

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Authors: J.A. Zegbe Domínguez, M.H. Pérez Barraza, J.L. Chan Castañeda
Issue: 94V-3 (118-128)
Topic: Plant Production
Keywords: Prunus persica (L.) Batsch, pruning time, pruning severity

The pruning time and pruning severity of fruiting shoots as well as the elimination of weak unmixed fruiting were studied in a commercial orchard of five‑year‑old clingstone peach trees cultivated under rained conditions in the Mexican tropic. Fruit weight with equatorial diameter >5.1 cm was significantly (P ≤ 0.05) increased by winter pruning and eliminating a 25% of fruiting shoot length. Fresh and dry fruit growth and vegetative growth as well as some fruit quality variables were significantly (P ≤ 0.05) improved by the same treatment. The opposite effect was observed when trees were spring pruned.

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