Flowering and Fruiting of `Burlat' Sweet Cherry on Size-controlling Rootstock

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  • 1 Agriculture Canada, Research Station, Summerland, B.C. VOH IZO, Canada
  • | 2 Ctifl, Centre de Balandran, BP 32, 30127 Bellegarde, France

The effect of rootstock on the flowering and fruiting response of sweet cherries (Prunus avium L.) was investigated using 4-year-old branch units. The cherry rootstock Edabriz (Prunus cerasus L.) affected the flowering and fruiting response of `Burlat' sweet cherry compared to Maxma 14 and F12/1. Branches of trees on Edabriz had more flowers, more flowers per spur, more spurs, more fruit, higher yields, smaller fruit, and a reduced fruit set compared to the standard rootstock, F12/1. One-year-old branch sections had more flowers and fruit, higher fruit weight, and heavier fruit size compared to older branch portions.

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