[NAFEX] Plum size - what affects it?
dwoodard at becon.org
Mon Jul 30 18:28:58 EDT 2007
To spell things out a bit:
Japanese plums are even more sensitive in size than most fruits to fruit
set and I prsume to other factors affecting available resources for the
fruit., like the division of resources between growth and fruiting on
the part of a young tree. The growth of a given fruit depends on what
was there before, so factors affecting early growth (drought?) are
crucial (thinning late has less effect on the remaining fruit than
thinning early). I have read that calcium moves into apples mostly in
the early stages of the fruit's development (affecting the development
of bitter pit if it is lacking later), and I suppose that this might
apply to other nutrients in other species.
The size of your Wicksons could be a function of circumstances of
culture and weather *this year* as well as to the situation of your
tree, so be cautious in drawing general conclusions.
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Lon J. Rombough wrote:
> Another factor? Temperatures around and just after bloom time have an
> effect. If it's warm, there is more cell division in the developing
> fruit, and with more cells, the fruit will be larger when it ripens.
> Cold weather at bloom and in the first few weeks means less cell
> division and fewer cells, hence smaller fruit at ripening.
> -Lon Rombough
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> On Jul 30, 2007, at 2:39 PM, Lisa Almarode wrote:
> Besides thinning fruit, what factors affect fruit size? nutrients,
> grass competition... I know these affect tree size, etc., but I was
> under the impression that fruit size was mostly genetics.
> My Wickson plums are quite small (it sets very heavily, thinned to
> 1 in 10 but not enough), and friend's Shiro are cherry size; granted
> her tree was planted this spring.
> Lisa in Ashland Oregon
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