Be Almond Wise: Maximize Yields with Optimal Flower Formation
Start your almond season strong by achieving optimal flower formation. Bloom stage in almonds can be critical in facilitating premium yields for the season. The previous year’s crop load can mitigate next year’s nut set by reducing the number of flowers during the bloom period. Bloom occurs over a relatively short span of time, yet sets the stage for achievable yield. Physiological processes during this time depend on the tree’s stored reserves. With minimal root activity during this period, foliar-applied nutrients are critical. Unpredictable climatic conditions such as rain, wind and freezing temperatures impact successful pollination. These events generate favorable conditions enabling the development of fungal pathogens during the fertilization period. A strong start to the season depends on the successful management of these variables. Implementing a well-balanced program of disease prevention and focused nutritional inputs will assure a strong foundation for success.
Tree and flower health leading up to, and during bloom time, are key pillars. Standard protocol is to manage disease early. Foliar-applied fungicides will provide protection during unpredictable bloom-time weather events, along with nutrition and bioscience products that are proven to elevate flower production and overall tree health.
Optimal flower formation relies on foliar applications of calcium, boron and zinc. Calcium is essential to pollination by supporting growth of pollen tubes in the flower. Boron supports cell division and pollen fertility. Zinc plays a critical role in reproductive and vegetative growth. Ele-Max Cal Bor Zn and Brexil CBZ provide targeted nutrition to meet the nutritional requirements of almond blossoms.
Bioscience-based products are an additional tool to maximize plant health and yield. These products target key processes in the plant to promote strong reproductive potential and yield uniformity. eXploit enhances pollination and early nut growth, plus optimizes nut set and quality by strengthening flower structures through the production of polyamines. Polyamines impact numerous plant metabolic processes that strengthen pollen tubes for better fruit set and formation.
Almond bloom provides the best opportunity to equip almond trees with the necessary means to succeed among the competition. Start the season strong by delivering disease prevention and control with well-balanced nutrition and plant health. For more application recommendations, and to create your Almond Wise program, contact your local Helena representative.
- James Schaeffer, Western Division Product Specialist