Recovery from hail damage in primocane raspberry

K. Lepaja, L. Lepaja, E. Kullaj, N. Krasniqi, F. Selimi
Over the past decade, raspberry production in Kosovo has witnessed a substantial increase. However, the emergence of hailstorms has posed a new challenge to raspberry cultivation. In light of this, our study aimed to investigate the effects of hail on raspberry plants and assess their recovery response. We conducted a field experiment in the Prishtina region of Kosovo in 2022, utilizing a nested experimental design on the cultivar ‘Mapema’ during its second year of production. Two adjacent raspberry orchards were selected, with one orchard being affected by hail while the other remained unharmed. Several vegetative and productive parameters were analysed to evaluate hail damage, including shoot length, leaf count, leaf surface area, fruit count, fruit diameter, fruit length, fruit weight, total yield, and fruit quality. Comparisons between the two orchards revealed that the hail-affected raspberry orchard managed to recover, albeit with a 44.40% reduction in raspberry production (154 g cane‑1) compared to the unaffected orchard (277 g cane‑1). Notably, primocane raspberries demonstrated a unique ability to recuperate after enduring severe hail events.
Lepaja, K., Lepaja, L., Kullaj, E., Krasniqi, N. and Selimi, F. (2024). Recovery from hail damage in primocane raspberry. Acta Hortic. 1388, 303-308
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2024.1388.44
raspberry, hail, damage, ‘Mapema’

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