EVALUATION OF MEDIUM-HEIGHT CAVENDISH BANANA CULTIVARS UNDER THE SUBTROPICAL CONDITIONS OF THE CANARY ISLANDS

V. Galán Saúco, J. Cabrera Cabrera, P.M. Hernández Delgado, M.C. Rodríguez Pastor
Five banana cultivars (Eylon, Zelig, Gal, 19–39, and Chinese Cavendish) new to the Canary Islands and two already established cultivars, Grande Naine and Williams, were compared during four cycles at a planting density of 2000 plants/ha. Morphology, phenology, production, and quality are evaluated. Eylon and Zelig produced the smallest plants and the best height/width ratio; Zelig and Chinese Cavendish had the shortest growth cycle. None of the cultivars surpassed Grande Naine in bunch weight, with Eylon consistently registering the lowest of all. No clear differences in fruit length and caliber were found between any of the cultivars evaluated, all being inferior to Grande Naine particularly regarding finger length. The most interesting cultivars for further trials in the Canary Islands appear to be Zelig, in particular, given its shorter height and fast cycle, and Chinese Cavendish, with its intermediate height, fast cycle and bunch weight similar to Grande Naine.
Galán Saúco, V., Cabrera Cabrera, J., Hernández Delgado, P.M. and Rodríguez Pastor, M.C. (1998). EVALUATION OF MEDIUM-HEIGHT CAVENDISH BANANA CULTIVARS UNDER THE SUBTROPICAL CONDITIONS OF THE CANARY ISLANDS. Acta Hortic. 490, 103-116
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1998.490.9
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1998.490.9
Phenology, morphology, production, quality

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