Several demonstration trials, showing novel planting systems, have been established for peach and nectarine. These trials potentially offer canopy management systems for mechanical pruning and mechanical harvesting.
- Introduction and progression of the Palmette and Cordon Tree Demonstrations
- Time series videos
- Virtual Orchard Tour
Palmette planting system
Cordon planting system
Dr Dario Stefanelli introduces the concept of training peach trees for mechanical pruning at the Stonefruit Field Laboratory at Tatura, Victoria. January 2015
Dr Mark O'Connell, from Agriculture Victoria, discusses the Cordon versus Palmette stonefruit demonstration site. January 2016
Dr Mark O'Connell discusses Palmette and Cordon Tree Demonstrations at Tatura's Stonefruit Field Laboratory. Winter 2017
Table 1. List of Demonstrations
Two novel planting systems, Palmette and Cordon trellised trees, are being compared with traditional vase shaped trees that represent traditional grower practice.
|Demo 1||Demo 2||Demo 3||Demo 4||Demo 5||Demo 6|
|Nectarine cv. Ice Princess||Peach cv. O'Henry||Peach cv. O'Henry||Peach cv. Snow Flame 23||Peach cv. Snow Flame 25||Nectarine cv. August Bright|
|Vase tree training ^||Palmette tree training*||Cordon tree training*||Palmette tree training*||Palmette tree training*||Palmette tree training*|
|1481 trees/ha||926 trees/ha||926 trees/ha||926 trees/ha||926 trees/ha||926 trees/ha|
|Rootstock: Nemaguard||Rootstock: Nemaguard||Rootstock: Nemaguard||Rootstock: Nemaguard||Rootstock: Nemaguard||Rootstock: Nemaguard|
|Planted winter 2014||Planted winter 2014||Planted winter 2014||Planted winter 2014||Planted winter 2014||Planted winter 2014|
* Peach tree trellis demonstrations to develop tree shaping for mechanical pruning using tree training methods, Palmette and Cordon.
^ This demonstration trial has vase shaped trees representing traditional grower practice.
360 degree photos of tree structures in the stonefruit research orchard.
This research (SF13001 Rootstock and training system to optimize stone fruit bearing and growth; SF17006 Summerfruit Orchard Phase 2) was funded by Agriculture Victoria with co-investment from Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the Summerfruit levy and funds from the Australian Government.