Apple orchards in full bloom in Kullu district of Himachal, good yield expected : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Dipender Manta

Mandi, April 4

Apple orchards are in full bloom in Kullu-Manali these days and arborists are expecting a good harvest this year if the weather also remains favorable in the coming days.

Apple growers in Kullu district in the lower region said the flowering was in the final stage, while in the middle areas the trees were in full bloom.

In the heights, flowering is at the pink bud stage, which requires favorable weather conditions in the next few days for better crop fruit set.

Khushal Rathore, an apple farmer from Kullu, said, “These days the apple orchards are in full bloom. The trees need favorable weather conditions in the next few days for better cultivation. Currently, the weather is quite favorable for better pollination in the region. I hope for a good return this year if the weather stays like this in the next few days.

Manu Sharma, an arborist in Manali, said, “Right now, flowering is in the pink bud stage in my apple orchard. The weather is favorable for the apple orchards in Manali and I expect good production this year.

Kullu Horticulture Department Subject Matter Specialist Uttam Prashar said, “There is better establishment of cultivation in apple orchards in the lower Kullu region, while in the middle and upper regions, it will take a few days for the establishment of the culture.”

He advised apple growers to mulch their apple orchards to maintain humidity and install bee boxes in orchards for better pollination.

“At present, the weather is favorable for better establishment of apples in the orchards of Kullu district. However, final observations on cultivation would be made after the end of the flowering season in apple orchards in the district. In Kullu, about 24,000 hectares were covered with apple crops, which are the only source of income for people in the region,” he said.

Favorable weather needed for a few days

  • Apple growers in Kullu district in the lower region said the flowering was in the final stage, while in the middle areas the trees were in full bloom.
  • In the heights, flowering is in the pink bud stage, which needs favorable weather conditions in the next few days for a better crop yield.

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