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Growing apricot under protected cultivation works best for early stage ripening

This study was carried out to evaluate the Mogador apricot cultivar under protected cultivation in Hatay, Turkey. The Mogador cultivar was planted at plastic cover and open area with planting spaces of 2.5x3.0 m in June 2017.

Phenological variables such as first blossoming, full bloom, end of bloom and harvest time and pomological variables such as fruit weight, fruit diameter, fruit length, flesh/seed percentage, total soluble solids (TSS), pH and acidity were investigated. Fruit color measurements were performed by Minolta color (CR-300). The fruit weight was highest in open area (46.77 g) than protected cultivation (37.98 g). Protected cultivation had lower values for soluble solid content (9.0%).

The results showed that protected cultivation provided earliness of 12 days when compared to open field. The researchers indicated that fruit quality characteristics of Mogador cultivar were highest in the open area than protected cultivation, however, early ripening of Mogador cultivar under plastic cover allows a highly profitable fruit growing.

Read the complete research at  

Caliskan, Oguzhan & Gunduz, Kazim & Bayazıt, Safder & Kılıç, Derya. (2022). Preliminary Results of Mogador Apricot Cultivar under Protected Cultivation. 

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