EFFECTS OF IRRIGATION ON MANZANILLO OLIVE FLOWERING AND SHOOT GROWTH
Water stress in the lower Kc's resulted in less shoot growth and earlier bloom periods. Trees in the four lowest irrigation regimes achieved 50 – 80 % full bloom by 20 May while those in the four highest irrigation regimes averaged 31 % full bloom by 20 May. The average shoot growth from April through September for the four lowest irrigation treatments was 7.0 cm versus 10.4 cm for the four highest irrigation regimes. A logarithmic relationship existed between the average number of fruit per tree and the average shoot growth of five shoots per tree.