EFFECT OF DIFFERENT SPACINGS ON GROWTH, YIELD, QUALITY AND RELATION TO CITRUS CANKER OF ACID LIME (CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA SWINGLE)S.N.Gohil, D.D. Jagtap, R.V.Patil, S.V.Bulbule and V.B.Jadhav
Effect of different spacings viz., 6 x 6 in, 6 x 4.5 m, 4.5 x 4.5 in and 6 x 3 m on growth behaviour, fruit yield, quality and reaction to diseases in acid lime was studied during the year 1999-2002. Plant growth expressed as tree volume and stern girth of the plants increased under wider spacing, however, reverse trend was observed in the height of plants. The fruit yield/ tree and weight of fruit increased under wider, 6 x 6 m spacing. The closed spacing 6 x 3 m resulted in high intensity of canker. It is therefore concluded that the maximum tree volume (30.77 m'), stem girth(40.54 cm), number of fruits per tree (577.99), yield/tree (26.07 kg/tree) and the lowest intensity of canker (3.28 PDI) was observed under wider spacing, 6 x 6 in compared with other spacings.
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