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Q: My lemons on the tree are splitting before they are ripe. I had added some zinc near the roots, but is there any other way to save. Maybe my zinc was less in amt. Also can anything help at this stage. My 9ft Chakotara tree gets nearly 200 flowers in spring but finally all fall down. I have tried no watering during the flower time but does not help. I have one growing to full size every year. - M....

 

A: Prolonged drought followed by heavy irrigation or downpour is primarily responsible for splitting or cracking of citrus fruits. Provide only light irrigation while fruits are approaching maturity; avoid over flooding.

Flower and fruit dropping in citrus results due to various stress particularly severe drought or excessive watering. Provide light irrigation, and repeat as per need or after a week but don't allow the root zone to stagnate for a long period. May spray 20 ppm of NAA at flowering and second a month after fruit set. Consult your local Horticulture Officer for further detail. - Dr. MP Srivastava

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2009 04:18  

Newsflash

International Technological Achievements Award Conferred on Dr. M. P. Srivastava

Global consultant on plant health and former Director Planning & Head, Plant Pathology of Haryana Agricultural University, Prof. M.P. Srivastava has been bestowed upon with “International Technological Achievements Award” on February 9, 2014.

Photo: Dr M P Srivastava [Extreme R] receiving the award

The award was given in recognition of his internationally acclaimed contribution on Plant Healthcare Technology and its dissemination towards mitigating crop losses and promoting plant health clinic worldwide. The award instituted by EET CRS, was given to him by presenting a memento and Certificate of Excellence in a glittering function in Noida on 9th of February 2014. Dr Srivastava has shared his innovations in reducing crop losses and strengthening food security at several occasions in India and at International Congresses at Edinburgh 1998, New Zealand 2003, Beijing 2013.