Control of peach tree growth and productivity by regulated water supply, tree density, and summer pruning

Chalmers, D.J.; Mitchell, P.D.; Heek, L. van

Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 106(3): 307-312


Root competition (tree density), summer pruning, and regulated irrigation were studied to determine whether they could be used to control tree vigour and productivity in ultra-dense orchards of peach, Golden Queen. All methods appeared to inhibit tree growth, but regulated irrigation combined with root competition generated from high tree density was the most effective.