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Published on November 2, 2020
Fruit trees often set more fruit than they will support or develop adequately. Excessive fruit competes with each other for food and remains small. Leaving too much fruit on a tree can also lead to limb breakage. To avoid this, the fruit thinning process is done that is, removing some of the developing fruit.
Thinning is a standard way to maximize economic returns derived from arable land use. In agriculture, horticulture, and forestry, we find different ways and methods to do crop thinning. Excessive fruit (e.g. apples, kiwifruit) is removed from trees to raise the overall quality of the remaining fruit and thus economic returns from an orchard.
In viticulture, crop thinning is typically referred to as cluster thinning and it is well known that higher grape yields may harm grape and wine quality. Because vines have limited productive capacities, excess grapes are removed from the vine to raise the quality of the grapes harvested. The vast majority of high quality / high priced wines around the world are produced from low yielding vineyards.
In horticulture, crop thinning primarily raise overall fruit quality. Thinning of peach crops could also be necessary to get high yields, which there’s an optimal balance between yield and fruit size, which can depend upon factors like the initial crop load, fruit size potential, time of thinning, date of harvest, and on the worth of the crop.
It is also found that crop thinning costs may be considerable and will depend on the thinning technique used (hand, mechanical, or chemical). Flower bud thinning in kiwifruits before bloom although decreasing total yield, increases the average fruit size and quality.
Removal of flowers or young fruit (thinning) is completed to allow the remaining fruits to grow sooner and to stop the event of such an outsized crop that the plant is unable to flower and set a commercial crop the following year or Thinning is the process of removing excess seedlings to help ensure healthy growth for others.
Most fruits should be thinned. The main benefit of thinning is that it lets the fruit receive more sunlight. This improves color and flavor and allows the fruit to develop to its maximum size.
There are two main ways to thin fruit: by hand or by the pole. Thinning by hand is more thorough, but pole thinning is faster.
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