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Pruning methods for bearing sweet cherry trees

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W. C. Micke, University of California
K. Ryugo, University of California
D. C. Alderman, University of California
J. T. Yeager, University of California

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California Agriculture 22(5):6-7.

Published May 01, 1968

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Sweet cherry trees in many commercial California orchards have been allowed to grow excessively tall. This practice tends to elevate the bearing area with subsequent loss of much of the lower fruiting wood. Cultural and harvesting operations then become more inefficient and expensive. Height of young bearing trees can be controlled and maintained by pruning. A reduction in yield often results from pruning bearing trees and is generally proportionate to the severity of pruning. However, this reduction in yield may be partially offset by somewhat larger fruit size, more efficient cultural and harvesting operations, and slightly increased tree vigor.

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J. J. Smith, Farm Advisor, Placer County (formerly Extension Pomology Technologist); F. M. Charles, Farm Advisor, San Joaquin County; A. H. Retan, formerly Farm Advisor, Butte County; and D. E. Ramos, Farm Advisor, Stanislaus County (formerly in Santa Clara County) assisted with these studies. Cooperators included John Oneto, Stockton; Felix Costa, Lodi; San Martin Vineyards, Gilroy; and Art Smith, Gridley.

Pruning methods for bearing sweet cherry trees

W. C. Micke, K. Ryugo, D. C. Alderman, J. T. Yeager
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Pruning methods for bearing sweet cherry trees

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Authors

W. C. Micke, University of California
K. Ryugo, University of California
D. C. Alderman, University of California
J. T. Yeager, University of California

Publication Information

California Agriculture 22(5):6-7.

Published May 01, 1968

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Author Affiliations show

Abstract

Sweet cherry trees in many commercial California orchards have been allowed to grow excessively tall. This practice tends to elevate the bearing area with subsequent loss of much of the lower fruiting wood. Cultural and harvesting operations then become more inefficient and expensive. Height of young bearing trees can be controlled and maintained by pruning. A reduction in yield often results from pruning bearing trees and is generally proportionate to the severity of pruning. However, this reduction in yield may be partially offset by somewhat larger fruit size, more efficient cultural and harvesting operations, and slightly increased tree vigor.

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Full text is available in PDF.

Author notes

J. J. Smith, Farm Advisor, Placer County (formerly Extension Pomology Technologist); F. M. Charles, Farm Advisor, San Joaquin County; A. H. Retan, formerly Farm Advisor, Butte County; and D. E. Ramos, Farm Advisor, Stanislaus County (formerly in Santa Clara County) assisted with these studies. Cooperators included John Oneto, Stockton; Felix Costa, Lodi; San Martin Vineyards, Gilroy; and Art Smith, Gridley.


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