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LEONEL, Sarita  and  TECCHIO, Marco Antonio. Pruning time and irrigation on the fig trees 'roxo de valinhos', in the botucatu region, state of São Paulo, Brazil. Bragantia [online]. 2010, vol.69, n.3, pp.571-580. ISSN 0006-8705.

The research had the purpose to determine the effects of pruning time during July, August, September and October of 2004 and 2005 years, with and without irrigation, in the fig trees 'Roxo de Valinhos'. The experimental orchard was located in Botucatu region State of São Paulo, Brazil. The experimental design was in split plots with five replications, being the plots consisted in the treatments with and without irrigation and the subplots was composed of pruning made during the months. It were measured the growing, yield and the crop period. These characteristics were utilized to evaluate the irrigation requirement. August was the best time to the fig trees pruning with irrigation, enhancing the growth and yield (5.13 t ha-1 in 2004/05 and 5.82 t ha-1 in 2005/06). Without irrigation, the pruning made at July, August and September (2004/05) and in July and August (2005/06) produced better results. The crop period of fig trees extended from December up to April. The irrigation enhanced the harvest number and the crop period.

Keywords : Ficus carica L.; growth; yield; crop period.

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