Pg. 6-10 Litchi Cultivar Evaluation in Malelane, Nelspruit and Levubu

During 1992 a litchi cultivar evaluation programme was initiated to evaluate all the cultivars available in South Africa at that time. Evaluation was carried out in three different climatic regions namely Malelane, Nelspruit and Levubu. The main aim of the project was to obtain earlier or later cultivars than the current commercial ones, improved tree structure and fruit quality and to obtain high, regular yields. Ten years after the trees were established, a final report is given on results obtained with five years’ harvesting data. Comparative data is presented with regards to harvesting season, yield and various quality characteristics.

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