|Authors: ||J.M. Farre, J.M. Hermoso|
Recently planted mango trees were drip irrigated by either of the three mean soil matric potentials, -27, -50 and -70 kPa.
Half of them were mulched with sugar cane bagasse in a randomized split block design.
The duration of the experiment was six years.
Residual effects were measured one year more under uniform mulching and irrigation.
Differences in water use between the dryest and wettest treatments varied between 15 and 40 % according to season.
Mulching slightly increased trunk growth during the first three years and yield there-after.
The wet treatment (-27 kPa) slightly increased trunk growth and yield over the dry one (-70 kPa). Tree efficiency, as yield/trunk area, was considerably lower under the dry treatment.
All treatments had fruit with a similar percentage of red skin and internal breakdown.
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