Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 5, Issue 1,2007
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Fruit yield and quality of watermelon in relation to grafting


Alexios A. Alexopoulos, Angelos Kondylis, Harold C. Passam *

Recieved Date: 2006-09-07, Accepted Date: 2006-12-11


Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus [Thunb.] Mansf., cv. Crimson Sweet) was grafted onto four rootstocks (Long gourd, Early Max, Max-2 and F-14 gourd). Grafting increased fruit size, resulting in higher yields than in the non-grafted control. Fruits from grafted plants had a thicker rind and slightly lower total soluble solids content than the fruit from non-grafted plants. However, it is considered that these differences in fruit characteristics do not constitute serious quality defects and therefore grafting of this crop is advantageous.


Rootstock, scion, soluble solids

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2007
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 178-179

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