A farmer can influence the number of fruits per tree and the size of the fruits through a proper nutrient management.
By choosing a balanced crop nutrition approach, farmers can optimize yield and investment in fertiliser while minimizing the opportunity for excess nutrients to negatively impact the environment.
Nitrogen and potassium are key elements in boosting shoot, leaf growth and fruit set/size and fill.
Phosphorus is important for early growth and rooting, and then again for leaf growth, flowering, fruit set and yield.
Calcium is needed to ensure healthy leaf development and canopy growth, thereby providing a firm platform for high yields.
Magnesium, iron and manganese, ensure good photosynthetic activity, leading to strong fruit set and retention on the tree.
Poor availability of any micronutrient will restrict growth and yield. Boron and zinc are particularly important at flowering to maximize flower number and fruit set.