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Fruit Culture in Alabama: Thinning and Girdling
Arlie Powell, David Himelrick, William Dozier, Dave Williams
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Pages / Length: 2
Publication Date: 06/10/2002

Annual thinning of fruit trees—for commercial as well as home fruit growers—helps increase size and quality of fruit, maintain tree vigor and promote regular flower production and reduce alternate bearing, and make insect and disease control more manageable. Annual girdling—the cutting of bark tissue of trunks and branches of certain fruit trees—has also been practiced worldwide for centuries to enhance yields and fruit size. By carefully following the illustrated instructions in this two-page publication, both home gardeners and commercial growers can enjoy early, enhanced yields as well as reduced labor at harvest.