ONE-YEAR FRUIT TREE PRODUCTION IN THE FIELD
My horticultural scholarship took me to Australia where I studied budding and grafting; of particular interest was the production of 1-year trees from seed which is grown from spring planting, worked or budded in early summer and cut back to inserted bud to allow growth to a required height in approximately 10 to 12 months.
First of all the budwood from selected cultivars must be first grade. Second cause loss and in order to obtain first grade material one either has to chase the countryside or provide a stock bed for the required needs. Healthy stock plants must be selected and planted out in prepared site with:
- Sound drainage system.
- Excellent windbreak, preferably disease-free.
- Adequate irrigation, either trickle or automatic.
A high standard is a must in order to produce the first grade scion or budwood required. Maintenance is essential, e.g.:
- Pruning programme — promotion of new growth and removal of dead or old wood.
- Routine spray programme — a must.
- Routine fertiliser programme — granule
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