African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6801

Article in Press

Evaluation of pruning time and its intensity on growth dynamics and budding success of Kinnow (Citrus reticulata Blanco) mother plant

Sharma Lakesh

  •  Received: 04 December 2013
  •  Accepted: 10 February 2016
North-West (Punjab) part of India has been facing a major problem of unavailability of healthy bud wood. Therefore it is logical to develop a technique which can help to improve the mother plant’s bud production as well as its health. Pruning is technique, if performed appropriate can result into the improvement of plant architecture, shoot production, and its health. Randomized Block Design with Factorial arrangement was used to carry out the study. Five pruning treatment were performed on vigorous and normal plants. Bud intake and budding success were found maximum, when scion buds were taken from pruned trees with excellent growth, where as minimum bud intake was recorded, when scion buds were taken from unpruned trees with normal growth. Maximum length of bud sprout was found, when scion wood was taken from severely pruned vigorous trees, where as it was minimum, when scion wood was used from unpruned trees of normal growth. Maximum girth of bud sprout was recorded, when bud wood was taken from severely pruned vigorous trees and minimum from unpruned vigorous trees. Higher mean tree height and spread were recorded in lightly pruned (at 8 feet from level) vigorous trees and minimum were recorded in severely pruned trees. The girth of pruned branch was recorded higher in the severely pruned vigorous trees, throughout the growth period except during the month of February and April.

Keywords: Kinnow plant, Vigorous/excellent growth, Normal growth and Periodic availability.