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Experimental growing of lemons on trellises


R. M. Burns
S. B. Boswell
C. D. McCarty
B. W. Lee

Authors Affiliations

R. M. Burns is Farm Advisor, Ventura County; S. B. Boswell is Specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside; C. D. McCarty is a Horticulture Technologist, Agricultural Extension, University of California, Riverside; B. W. Lee is County Director and Farm Advisor, Ventura County.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 26(9):14-15. DOI:10.3733/ca.v026n09p14. September 1972.

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As one approach to growing a large number of lemon trees per acre, a trial was started in 1965 in Ventura County in which trees were trained on trellises. Due to exceptional growth and vigor of the Lisbon strain on C. macrophylla rootstock, three to four prunings were necessary each year. This excessive pruning in the case of treatment (1)—the heaviest pruned—caused a reduction in yield. Treatments (2) and (3), which were moderately pruned and trained, produced almost twice as much fruit as treatments (1) and (4) (the control). The low yields from the control trees were caused primarily from excessive wind. From the results of this trial it was difficult to justify the extra labor and costs of training and pruning necessary to commercially grow lemons on trellises.

Burns R, Boswell S, McCarty C, Lee B. 1972. Experimental growing of lemons on trellises. Hilgardia 26(9):14-15. DOI:10.3733/ca.v026n09p14
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