Development of mango hybrids is one strategy to improve mango quality to a level suitable for export markets, however, the duration of the juvenile phase is currently an obstacle. This paper outlines the use of the plant growth regulator, Paclobutrazol, to induce flowering and also assesses the impact on yield. The research involved a randomised block design with two levels of Paclobutrazol treatment and 20 accessions of mango hybrid. Results are presented and discussed based on the impact on induction of flowering and yield. Induction of flowering results are discussed in terms of various characteristics such as number of flowering plans and duration of appearance of flowers, number of flowers per plant, number of peduncles, width and length of inflorescence. Yield was presented in terms of number of fruit per plant, number of fruit harvested, weight of harvested fruit and yield. The authors conclude that Paclobutrazol significantly induced flowering and improved yield, however, yield appeared to be more affected by genetics.
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Husen S., Kuswanto, Ashari S. and Basuki N.
Journal of Agriculture and Food Technology 2(9), 153-158.