Slip removal

Some varieties and some clones of 'Smooth Cayenne' have a large number of slips. Though useful as planting material, if left on the plant through fruit development, they can severely reduce fruit yield. Slip numbers tend to be a function, first, of variety or clone and, secondly, of environmental and forcing conditions. Plants forced with SNA tend to have fewer slips than those forced with eth-ylene. This difference is attributed to the ability of ethylene to promote floral differentiation of lateral buds as well as the apical meristem. Each lateral bud, once differentiated, becomes a miniature fruit with a crown, i.e. a slip. To minimize the adverse effects of slips on fruit yield, they should be removed as soon as this can be accomplished without damaging the peduncle of the developing fruit.

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