This study was carried out to determine the effects of pruning on the yield, fruit quality and phenological aspects of three year-old trees of the Precoce de Tyrinthe apricot cultivar grown in Mut-Mersin. In the first experimental year, unpruned trees were found to be more productive; however, these trees gave lower yields (6.5 kg/tree) in the second year due to alternate bearing. August+winter (12.0 kg/tree), July+winter (10.4 kg/tree), and September+winter (10.1 kg/tree) pruning applications were more productive than control trees (6.50 kg/tree). The fruit size of the control trees was 34.05 g, while September+winter (45.66 g), August+winter (44.70 g), and winter (43.67 g) pruning applications gave better results. In 1996, the fruit weight was determined as 33.78 g in control trees, 50.41 g in August+winter, 45.96 g in September+winter, 42.01 g in July+winter pruned trees. Winter pruning was found to be more effective in terms of total soluble solid content than the other treatments. As a result, yield and quality were positively affected by a regular summer+winter pruning in the Precoce de Tyrinthe apricot cultivar.
Apricot, summer pruning, winter pruning, productivity.
SON, LEVENT and KÜDEN, ALİ (2002) "Effects of Pruning Treatments on the Yield and Fruit Quality of Precoce de Tyrinthe Apricot Cultivar," Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry: Vol. 26: No. 2, Article 3. Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/agriculture/vol26/iss2/3