Tropical Fruit and Nut Production (HORT 352)

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Course description

History, botanical relationships, climatic relationships, culture, management, and marketing. Excursions to various fruit orchards. Pre: Hort 262 or consent of instructor.

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Fruit crop class
Tropical fruits and nut production class field trip to Waiakea Experiment Station.

Harvesting cherimoyaHarvesting cashew fruits
Harvesting cherimoya and cashew fruits for tasting.

Syllabus

Instructor:

Sheldon C. Furutani, Ph.D. Prof. of Plant Science.

Office CAB 101A

Office hours by appt.

Office phone 933-0852

Email: furutani@hawaii.edu

Class meeting times and location:

Lecture TTh 10:30 to 11:20 am, Lab. Th 12:00 to 2:30 pm CAB Rm 201.

Course objective

History, botanical relationships, climatic requirements, culture, management and marketing.

some excursions to fruit orchards - weather permitting.

Required text

Nakasone and Paull. 1998. Tropical Fruits. CAB International.

Course prerequisites

Hort 262.

Lecture topics *

  • Flowering and Fruit set.
  • Propagation
  • Orchard layout
  • Culture of the following crops:
    • Annona
    • Avocado
    • Banana
    • Citrus
    • Guava
    • Macadamia
    • Mango
    • Papaya
    • Pineapple
    • Sapindaceae
    • Others: Poha, kaki, and carambola.

Laboratory Topics

  • Plant propagation including seeding, cuttage, grafting and layerage.
  • Pruning of orchard trees.
  • Fertilization practices.
  • Visitation to local orchards and experiment stations.

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