REJUVENATION OF OLD UNPRODUCTIVE 'ALPHONSO' MANGO TREES BY PRUNING
A field trial was conducted from 2004 to 2009 on pruning for rejuvenation of 26-year-old unproductive Alphonso mango trees at the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore. There were three treatments comprising two pruning treatments namely 30 and 45 cm pruning of third order branches from point of origin along with control (no pruning). Pruning third order branches 30 and 45 cm from point of origin increased the mean cumulative fruit yield for four years which was almost double compared to control although differences between the two pruning treatments were on par. The maximum mean cumulative fruit yield of 86.3 kg/plant was with 30 cm pruning whereas control treatment recorded a fruit yield of 47.2 kg/plant. Fruit quality attributes such as average fruit weight, TSS acidity and shelf life were not affected by different pruning treatments for rejuvenation of Alphonso mango.
Reddy, Y.T.N. and Kurian, R.M. (2015). REJUVENATION OF OLD UNPRODUCTIVE 'ALPHONSO' MANGO TREES BY PRUNING. Acta Hortic. 1066, 123-128
pruning, rejuvenation, mango, fruit yield, fruit quality