Journal article

Effect of row spacing on vegetative structure, fruit characteristics and oil productivity of N-S and E-W oriented olive hedgerows

ER Trentacoste, DJ Connor, M Gómez-del-Campo

Scientia Horticulturae | Published : 2015

Abstract

The effect of row spacing on fruit characteristics and production was studied in two super-high density olive hedgerow orchards planted at three row spacings (5.0, 4.0 and 2.5. m) with the same intra-row tree spacing, one with rows N-S and the other E-W. For both row orientations, reduction of spacing from 5.0 to 4.0 and 2.5. m added on average 39 and 107% more canopy volume and external surface area per hectare, respectively. In N-S hedgerows, cumulative oil production per ha during the first five years increased significantly by 14 and 52% in 4.0- and 2.5-m relative to 5.0-m spacing. In E-W hedgerows, accumulated oil production per ha did not respond to row spacing. The explanation was fou..

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