Effect of benzyladenine on fruit set, quality, and

  • V E Emongor
  • D P Murr

Abstract

In a 3-year trial using mature 'Empire'/M.26 apple trees, pothbloom application of 100 or 200 mg/litre benzyladenine (BA) as dilute sprays effectively reduced the crop load of 'Empire' apple trees. Benzyladenine increased return bloom, total shoot growth and number, but decreased mean shoot length. At harvest, fruit from thinned trees were significantly greater in weight, diameter, and length. However, BA had no effect on fruit L/D ratio and seed number. Benzyladenine-treated fruits were firmer despite the larger fruit size and had higher soluble solid content at harvest. These results indicate that BA is an effective apple-thinning agent.

Published
2008-09-08
How to Cite
Emongor, V., & Murr, D. (2008). Effect of benzyladenine on fruit set, quality, and. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 67(1&2), 10. Retrieved from https://www.kalro.org/www.eaafj.or.ke/index.php/path/article/view/73