Fruit thinning on ‘Khalas’ and ‘Barhi’ date palm cultivars in Al Kuwaitet research station in United Arab Emirates
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Fruit thinning was applied in March and April 2016 on ‘Khalas’ and ‘Barhi’ date palm cultivars in El Kuwaitet Research Station Al Ain (UAE) on 4 date palm trees from each cultivar compared to the same trees number as control. Two fruit thinning techniques were applied: cutting the length of spikelet’s and cutting some of strands in the bunch. From each bunch 25% of total number of fruits was removed from the bunch. ‘Khalas’ cultivar showed better results with the first fruit thinning technique by removing the quart of the length of strands. The amelioration of weight was 34% compared to control (no thinning). ‘Barhi’ cultivar showed better response to removing the quart of number of strands from the bunch. The amelioration was 38%.