Canopy hedging, topping, and skirting effects on yield and fruit quality of Valencia oranges

Jodie D. Whitney, T. Adair Wheaton, William S. Castle, Dave P. H. Tucker

Abstract


A 5-year hedging, topping, and skirting experiment was conducted in 9-year-old Rohde Red Valencia (Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck.) orange on Carrizo citrange (C. sinensis × P. trifoliate) rootstock to investigate their effect on yield and fruit quality. Spring hedging resulted in higher juice brix than did fall hedging, but there were no consistent differences in yield. Compared to flat topping at 15 ft, flat topping at 12 ft reduced juice brix and pound solids/box, but yield was not consistently reduced. Angle topping resulted in consistently higher yield than did flat topping. Compared to no skirting, skirting at 20 and 36 inches high had no consistent effects on yield and fruit quality.

Keywords


citrus; cultural practices; harvesting; high-density planting

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283