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Management of an ultra-high-density mango orchard and benefits of the small-tree system

Code: 9781838794507
Steven A. Oosthuyse, HortResearch SA, South Africa

Chapter synopsis: There are many advantages in establishing mango hedgerows in such a way that their height for optimal light utilization does not exceed 2m and their width 1m. The terminal shoots, inflorescences and fruits on such trees are within easy reach of farm workers. The fruits, as opposed to branches and new shoots, can specifically be targeted for fungicide or pesticide application. This chapter describes the stages of a 3 x 1m Tommy Atkins mango orchard, from the time of its establishment to the time the trees had filled their space in the orchard row and were fully bearing. It gives an account of management actions required for sustained maximal production, describing the benefits of the reduced time from planting until the trees attain optimal canopy cover and maximum fruit production. The chapter assesses the extent of small-tree growing systems to date.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0026.11
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Orchard establishment 3 Basis for increased productivity 4 Observations relating to flushing and pruning practices 5 Observations concerning flowering 6 Cultivar and environment attributes suiting ultra-high-density planting 7 Additional benefits and their significance 8 System adoption to date 9 Conclusion and future trends 10 Where to look for further information 11 Acknowledgements 12 References

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