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Giftpack cultiva

Average nut quality of test trees from 2005-2013.

Cultivar Yield # Nuts / lb. % Kernel Cluster Size Harvest date
  lbs./tree/year       (50% shuck split)
Giftpack 9.0 62 59% 2.6 Oct. 7
Desirable 8.7 44 50% 2.9 Oct. 15

Average pest resistance of test cultivars 2005-2013.

Cultivar Leaf ScabZ Nut ScabY Black Aphid DamageX Sooty Mold BuildupW
  Avg. (worst)V Avg. (worst) Avg. (worst) Avg. (worst)
Giftpack 1.3 (3.3) 2.1 (3.7) 1.5 (1.7) 1.0 (1.0)
Desirable 2.1 (4.0) 3.4 (4.4) 1.4 (2.7) 1.0 (1.0)
  • Z 1=No scab, 2= Few stray spots, 3=Several spots with expanding lesions, 4=Stem scab or defoliation.
  • Y 1=No scab, 2=Few stray spots, 3=Obvious scab but no quality loss (0-10%), 4=10-50% shuck coverage, 5=50-100% covered, nut drop.
  • X 1=No damage, 2=Light spotting, less than 25% leaves affected, 3=Moderate spotting, 25-75% leaves, 4=Heavy spotting, >75% leaves affected, some leaves completely yellow.
  • W 1=None, 2=Light, some black on few leaves, 3=moderate, black on most leaves, 4=Heavy, black flakes on leaves and stems.
  • V Average score over all years and average of worst year for each trait.

Average yield (pounds nuts per tree) of test cultivars each year from planting in 2005 ('Desirable' was planted in 2002).

Cultivar # Trees 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Giftpack 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 10 22 46
Desirable 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 16 29 30

History

A Georgia seedling that is likely a 'Schley' seedling.

Comments

This seedling was selected by Dr. Bill Goff for its excellent kernel quality. It had consistent cropping in his tests. In our test we have noted its excellent fill and pretty appearance. Seems to shell out very well. We have seen fairly heavy scab on this selection in our test. Growers should expect to need to apply a full season fungicide schedule to control scab. Shell thickness is thin, similar to 'Schley'. Yields started light on and are still not very heavy. The small cluster size means that early yield will likely be lower than many cultivars. This may lead to more consistent cropping in the future. We will continue to follow this cultivar before making a recommendation, but I don't really like the scab susceptibility, light cropping, and small nut size of this selection so far.

More information is available on 'Giftpack' from the Alabama Pecan Growers website.