Vol. 15 No. 4 (2009)

Relation of sour cherry blooming dynamics and meteorological variables

Published September 2, 2009
L. Lakatos
University of Debrecen, Centre for Agricultural Sciences and Engenering, Hungary
T. Szabó
Fruit Research and Extension Institute of Ujfehértó, Hungary
Z. Szabó
University of Debrecen, Institute for Research and Development, Hungary
M. Soltész
University of Debrecen, Institute for Research and Development, Hungary
J. Nyéki
University of Debrecen, Institute for Research and Development, Hungary


Lakatos, L., Szabó, T., Szabó, Z., Soltész, M., & Nyéki, J. (2009). Relation of sour cherry blooming dynamics and meteorological variables. International Journal of Horticultural Science, 15(4), 17–23. https://doi.org/10.31421/IJHS/15/4/835

The aim of our research was to identify the role of weather parameters in the development of the start date and length of blooming. In order to achieve this, we examined how meteorological conditions of a particular year influence the start date and length of blooming in different years (dry, wet, cool, hot, sunny, cloudy). The meteorological parameters were the following: maximum temperature, minimum temperature, average temperature, precipitation, length of sunlight, difference of daytime and nightime temperatures, potential evaporation-PET, Huglin-index,Winkler-index, climatic water balance which can be calculated as a difference of precipitation and potential evaporation. In this study we wanted to find out whether early start of blooming results in a longer blooming period or if there is a generally faster blooming period when blooming starts later. Based on the results we can say that early start of blooming resulted in extended blooming period for three sour cherry varieties at the examined production sites. The start of blooming showed the closest relation with the difference of average daytime and nightime temperatures of the 30-day period prior to blooming. Significant relation was also detected with the thermic indexes as well as with maximum temperatures, climatic water balance and the degree of potential evaporation.We examined how weather 30 days prior and during blooming influenced the length of phases. Results showed that precipitation prior and during blooming is in significant relation with the length of blooming. We detected significant relation between daytime and nightime temperature differences and the length of blooming. The nature of the relation indicates that blooming periods were shorter in case of increasing temperature differences.We found that shorter blooming lengths occurred when maximum temperatures averaged between 13.5–14.5 ºC 30 days prior to blooming when examining the relation between blooming length and maximum temperature. If the average of maximum temperatures was below 13 ºC or exceeded 15 ºC during this period, then we could calculate with a blooming period longer than ten days. We proved that little precipitation and high temperature accelerates physiological processes, therefore we could calculate with an accelerated blooming and shorter blooming period.


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