Grow Giant Fruits and Get Maximum Yield

This webpage is dedicated to the challenge of getting more from the garden.
Large fruit is a source of awe and awards at the farm show. It is also a way to
challenge the genetic potential of a plant. Large fruits provide more food at the
table. Very often, the largest fruit does not mean we are getting the best output
from a garden. A huge watermelon is often too much to put into a refrigerator.
For the farmer selling at the market, medium size fruit with the largest total weight
is often a better way to earn a good living. Yield is measured as output per unit
of resource (input). As an example, yield is often measured in pounds (or tons)
per acre. The pounds of produce is the output, measured against the size of the
space used to grow the produce. Yield can also be measured in pounds per
unit of water (acre foot of water). In manufacturing, yield is often measured as
dollar sales per worker. Yield per plant is also used sometimes to compare the
productivity of different crops.

Here is a general outline of different factors that control yield and size of fruit:
(a) genetics of the seed or plant.
(b) thin fruit
(c) soil and water management
(d) length of day and length of season
(e) weather (temperature, sunlight)
(f) carbon dioxide enrichment
(g) girdling
(i) hormones
(j) chemicals and fertilizers
(k) pollenation
(l) fungus in soil
(m) prolong the harvest season
(n) multiple plant succession

John Evans giant vegetables in Alaska

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