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Author Topic: Are leaf size and stem diameter in seedlings predictive of eventual fruit size?  (Read 159 times)

kumin

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I suspect there is some correlation between leaf size and stem thickness in seedlings to the fruit size they will produce when they attain maturity. Has anyone found such a link, and if so, how closely were these characteristics linked? Pummelo and citron as well as grapefruit appear to follow this trend.

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It's not about that, it's about age. There is a somehow internal mechanism change after the juvenile period that triggers blooming or maybe an external stress to fight for survival.

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Let me further clarify my question: Do cultivars with large leaves and thicker stems have a tendency to bear larger fruit? Pummelos and grapefruits yield very large fruits and also have coarse foliage, kumquats have the opposite. Can this be used to predict fruit size potential on new hybrid specimens?

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It is certainly depends on the species origin , but in some cases (also) there is a distinct correlation between apparently non related features.

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Look at Page - large leaves small fruit.

 

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