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Research Project: Methods for Producing Tip-Layered, Long-Cane Blackberry Plants Using the Rotating Cross-Arm Trellis and Cane Training System

Location: Appalachian Fruit Research Laboratory

Project Number: 8080-21000-025-01
Project Type: Trust

Start Date: Aug 11, 2011
End Date: Dec 31, 2014

Objective:
Improve the production, time of harvest, and flowering characteristics of tip-layered, long-cane blackberry plants using the rotating cross-arm trellis and cane training system.

Approach:
The rotating cross-arm trellis system and cane training techniques will be used to produce five- to six-foot-long rooted cane plants of several blackberry growth types. The following will be determined: 1) effects of the cane training techniques on lateral cane development; 2) effects of tipping date on root development; 3) effects of different dates of cane detachment from the stock plant on flower bud emergence and productivity; 4) effects of chill duration on percent budbreak and uniformity of budbreak; and 5) effects of production variables on plant yield.

Last Modified: 10/24/2014
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