Performance of 'Ponkan' Mandarin on Seven Rootstocks in Southern Brazil

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  • 1 Agricultural Research Institute of Paraná—IAPAR, CP 481 CEP-86001-970-Londrina, PR, Brazil
  • 2 State University of Londrina—UEL, CP 6001, CEP-86051-990-Londrina, PR, Brazil
  • 3 Agricultural Research Institute of Paraná—IAPAR, CP 481 CEP-86001-970-Londrina, PR, Brazil
  • 4 State University of Londrina—UEL, CP 6001 CEP-86051-990-Londrina, PR, Brazil

This study reports the performance (yield, tree size, and fruit quality) of 'Ponkan' mandarin (Citrus reticulata Blanco) on seven rootstocks, evaluated for 11 years under Southern Brazil conditions. Trees on C13 citrange had higher cumulative yield for seven harvests than those on trifoliate orange. Cleopatra mandarin, rough lemon, Rangpur lime, Sunki mandarin, and Volkamer lemon rootstocks maintained their values at an intermediate position and did not present any significant difference regarding C13 citrange, and trifoliate orange. Trees on C13 citrange and on trifoliate orange exhibited the lowest alternate bearing index. Cleopatra mandarin induced the greatest canopy volume, but it was not significantly different from Sunki mandarin and rough lemon. The smallest trees were those on Volkamer lemon and trifoliate orange. The highest yield efficiency came from trees on C13 citrange and the smallest on Cleopatra mandarin. Rootstocks did not significantly affect fruit weight.

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