667 Off-season Production of Horticultural Crops

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  • 1Miaoli District Agricultural Improvement Station, 261 Kuan-Nan Village, Kung-Kuan, Miaoli, Taiwan 383;2 USDA/ARS, Building 002, BARC-West, Beltsville, MD 20705

Off-season production of several tropical and subtropical fruits has been successfully practiced commercially in Taiwan. By combining pruning, removal of leaves, and application of growth regulators, it is possible to have two to three crops of grapes per year. By grafting the chilled scions of temperate Asian pear onto the water shoots of low-chilling native pear varieties, it is possible to produce high-quality Asian pears (temperate-origin) in a subtropical environment. By using techniques such as root-pruning, flooding, and application of growth inhibitors, it is possible to induce flower bud formation and hasten the production of wax apples. The production periods of other fruit crops such as jujubes and sugar apples, can also be modified by pruning and other techniques.

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