Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 7, Issue 2,2009
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

The effect of climatic factors at different growth periods on pepino (Solanum muricatum Aiton) fruit quality and yield


Aysun Çavuşoğlu *, Emine İ. Erkel, Melekber Sülüşoğlu

Recieved Date: 2009-01-25, Accepted Date: 2009-04-11


Pepino, native to South America, is an evergreen, exotic plant species that belongs to the Solanaceae family and has been known and grown for a long time. In the study, the effect of different planting months, April and May in 2004 and 2006, on fruit quality and yield were investigated. Fruit diameter and length, fruit weight, fruit numbers per plant and yield were considered with climatic factors. The experiments were conducted in a split-plot design with three replications, and all data were subjected to statistical evaluation. In 2004 with an April planting time, there were significant differences in fruit diameter, weight, fruit number per plant and yield while fruit length showed numerical difference. With the exception of fruit length, the other parameters did not show statistically significant differences although all data in 2004 were higher than those for 2006 numerically. It could be suggested that in the growing of pepino numerical differences in fruit diameter, fruit weight, fruit number per plant and yield are affected by climatic factors.


Solanum muricatum, pepino, planting time, fruit quality, yield, climatic factors

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2009
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 551-554

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