Fruit Bites Aug 11-13 Retain Apps
AW: The plant growth regulator, ReTain, is a bit of a “choose your own adventure” type of product, because ReTain blocks the ethylene pathway and ethylene is present at many different times during the apple or pear’s lifecycle. But, if you are only planning to apply ReTain once to your crop, I would suggest 7 days before harvest.
BL: And this will help their color?
At this time, for apples, the color has mostly developed so there won’t be any color drag, the apples are readily maturing, so ReTain would shut ethylene down for 2nd & 3rd picks to grow larger, stay firm and stop ripening. This would also lessen greasiness. For both apples and pears, we see a reduction in storage disorders and most importantly we see stop-drop or a decrease in the fruit dropped from the tree.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.