Vol. 21 No. 3-4 (2015)
Articles

Partial and total rejuvenation pruning of sour cherry trees

Published September 20, 2015
Á. Csihon
University of Debrecen, Faculty of the Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management, Institute of Horticulture 138. Böszörményi str., Debrecen, H-4032, Hungary
P. Dremák
University of Debrecen, Faculty of the Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management, Institute of Horticulture 138. Böszörményi str., Debrecen, H-4032, Hungary
I. Gonda
University of Debrecen, Faculty of the Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management, Institute of Horticulture 138. Böszörményi str., Debrecen, H-4032, Hungary
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Csihon, Á., Dremák, P., & Gonda, I. (2015). Partial and total rejuvenation pruning of sour cherry trees. International Journal of Horticultural Science, 21(3-4), 11-15. https://doi.org/10.31421/IJHS/21/3-4./1160

Sour cherry can be considered as a special fruit species regarding the growing characteristics, as most of the cultivars are characterized by strong balding. With the aging of the tree the inactive (passive) parts of the canopy are increasing steadily, so the productive cropping surface and the yielding capacity decrease  significantly. In our experiments partial rejuvenation pruning was carried out in a 12 years old orchard, and total rejuvenation pruning was performed in a 21 years old plantation to regenerate the cropping surface of the trees. Thanks to the latter one the canopy of the sour cherry trees were regenerated during only two years. The yields of the rejuvenated trees in cv. ‘Debreceni bőtermő’ exceeded the yields of the control trees, as in the case of the cvs. ‘Érdi bőtermő’ and ‘Újfehértói fürtös’ approached it. At the same time the total rejuvenation pruning has a positive effect on the fruit size.

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