Harvesting native lilies – Data Collection
Grow plants to maturity, one per standard nursery container.Selection criteria – plants with twenty or more fruit and the oldest (lowest) fruit is approaching harvest maturity.
Select 40 plants.
|Treatment allocation||Randomly allocate plants to treatments, 10 plants per treatment.|
|Plant maintenance||Store plants on a nursery trolley, randomly distributed; hand water for the duration of the experiment.|
|Identifying start of harvest||
Hand harvest (T1) – when 1st fruit reaches harvest maturityEarly harvest (T2) – when 1st fruit reaches harvest maturity
Intermediate harvest (T3) – when 3rd fruit reaches harvest maturity
Late harvest (T4) – when 6th fruit reaches harvest maturity
|Harvesting – hand harvest treatment||T1: hand harvest each fruit as it reaches harvest maturity. Retain all open flowers and buds on the plant; allow to develop normally.|
|Harvesting – early, intermediate & late harvest treatments||T2, T3 & T4: the 1st, the 1st 3 and the 1st 6 fruit respectively, are not counted as part of the harvest. Collect seeds from these fruit. Remove all unopened buds above the topmost open flower.|
|Data to record at harvest commencement||For each plant, record the number of: fruit aborted; fruit set including those that will be discarded in treatments 2, 3 & 4; open flowers; unopened buds.|
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