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October / November 2022

Elgin Orchards

SA Fruit Journal: October / November 2022

Tissue-culture G.778 rootstocks excel on replant site. By Anna Mouton

The Cripps Red orchard was established with feathered 1.8 – 2.0 m tall trees in late September 2020. Farm manager Dirk Meyer related how nothing was pruned at planting – no topping or feather removal – but bending started in earnest in December 2020.

Winter 2021 saw the removal of overly thick or upright branches. No growth regulators have been applied but rest-breaking and chemical thinning were used in the second leaf.

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