Apples, Growth retardants
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ALAR* is a growth retardant which has been die subject of intensive research in other countries. It tends to slow both fruit growth and ripening and to reduce shoot extension.
Overseas and local investigations with apples have shown that Alar will reduce preharvest drop, restrict shoot growth and increase flower bud formation for the following season.
Shorter, N H. and Cripps, J.
"The value of alar sprays for apples,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 12
, Article 56.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol12/iss6/56