Premature flower and fruit shedding in guava crop results in low yield which means heavy loss to orchard owner or farmer. At such times, the farmers in these parts boil 5 kg aloe vera plant's (Aloe barbadensis) fleshy leaves in 5 L water. When cooled, the stock solution is mixed in proportion of 500 g to 10 L plain water and sprayed in the quantity of 15 l per tree. This stops flower and fruit shedding in guava crop.
Crop Family: Myrtaceae
Crop Scientific Name: (Psidium guajava)
Crop Vernacular Name: Jamfal
Formulation: Liquid solution from 5 kg aloe vera plant's (Aloe barbadensis) fleshy leaves in 5 L water
Ingredients: aloe (Aloe barbadensis), water
"Effect of Postharvest Application of Aloe Vera Gel on Shelf Life, Activities of Anti-Oxidative Enzymes, and Quality of ‘Gola’ Guava Fruit - Guava is an important climacteric fruits in terms of taste and aroma, which contains various vital nutrients such as minerals, carotenoids, ascorbic acid, and polyphenols. At ambient conditions, it exhibits a short shelf life, which makes it difficult for marketing and subsequent storage. Therefore, it is necessary to develop procedures to extend its shelf life and conserve quality. For this purpose, an aloe vera (AV) gel coating was assessed for its potential to enhance the shelf life of guava fruits. Guava fruits coated with AV gels (0, 20, 40, 60 and 80%, v/v) were evaluated for postharvest shelf life extension, changes in quality attributes, anti-oxidative activities, and flavonoid content when stored at ambient conditions (23 ± 2 °C and 70–75% relative humidity) for 12 days."
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