Vol. 17 No. 3
Effect of branch bending time on induction of shoot and flower bud, productivity and quality of guava var. Sardar (L-49)
Abstract: The effect of monthly branch bending on off-season guava (var. Sardar) production was investigated during 2017-18 to 2018-19 at ICAR-AICRP on Fruits, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal. Branch bending treatment (T1 to T12) was imposed on 4 years old ‘Sardar’ guava plants grown under HDP system (3 x 3 m, 1111 ha-1) and designed a RBD experiment with 3 replications. No bending imposed on control plants for comparison with time of bending at monthly interval from January (T1) to December (T12). Findings indicated a normal tendency (no bending) of ‘Sardar’ guava plant to produce 92% of fruit in main season (ambe bahar) and only 8.27% in off-season (mrig bahar). While, bending treatments during October to February significantly increased the off-season production up to 60%, with improved fruit quality and higher B:C ratio of 4.72 to 4.02, compared with the control (2.99). Bending during May to August caused mostly non-flowering shoot flush and was not profitable (B:C ratio below 2.99).
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