Clone Number;GM 977
Origin;RSA, (Oom Sarel x 344)
Royalties/ Levies;ZAR 2.90
Fruit use; fresh, canning
Water requirements; 36 inches of water per tree per year or about 1508760mm per hectare
Sun requirements; full sun (at least 6-8 hours daily). Morning sun is best as it helps dry out the cold morning dew
Chill hours; 200 to 400 hours
Pruning; Prune to keep the tree short, and ensure that the branches don't block out sunlight for the rest of the tree.
soil requirements; deep,sandy clay (if it can be amended to drain well) or loam soil with a pH of about 6.5 is best.
Soil depth; 30cm deep at least, loose soil is recommended
Fertiliser requirements; 10-10-10 fertiliser can be sprikled around the base at a distance of 21cm from the trunk
Pollination requirements; self-fertile
Successful test-crosses; not necessary
Size and shape;semi upright
Tree age; will start to fruit at 2 to 4 years, but will only produce significantly once they mature to 4 years.
Average life span; approximately 20 years (maximum) depending on the rootstock used.
Susceptibility to pests and diseases; normal