Phenology of Four Melon Hybrids Cultivated in the Lara State Conditions in Venezuela

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  • 1 1Fruits and Vegetables Program of the ICAP, Zona Industrial, Universidad Centroccidental Lisendro Alverado, Barquisimeto - Lara - State - Venezuela, P.O. Box 400
  • | 2 2Posgrado de Horticultura, Decanato de Agronomìa, Universidad Centroccidental Lisendro Alverado, Barquisimeto - Lara - State - Venezuela, P.O. Box 400

Phenologycal studies of melon hybrids (Chando, Concorde, Explorer, and Durango) were made through the parameter days to enmergency, type of flowers, days to initiate flowering after sowing, flowering period until first fruit appeared, first cycle fruit formation until new cycle, and days from sowing until the first and final harvest. Chando and Concorde hybrids germinated 4 days after sowing, and Explorer and Durango hybrids germinated 1 day later. All hybrids presented andromonoic flowers. The first flower bottom was present at 25 days after sowing, especially in the hybrid Concorde, while for Explorer and Durango hybrids, it was 26 days. The period of time from flower initiation until the first fruit appeared for Concorde and Chando was 5 days, while for Explorer and Durango hybrids, it was 7 days. Fruit formation occurred in the first cycle and had a duration of 9 days from Concorde. For Chando, Explorer, and Durango, the formation of first fruit group (first cycle) was 12 days. The period of time from sowing until first harvest was 61 days for Concorde and 69 days for the final harvest and from 63 to 72 days, respectively, for the Chando hybrids. For Explorer and Durango, it was 67 to 78 days, respectively.

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