What better occasion to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the first professional cherry orchard by Vivai Mazzoni, featuring solely Bibaum plants? Vivai Mazzoni will be an active part of the International Cherry Symposium (May 2nd-6th 2022) precisely to present their cherry orchard of the future.
"For over 10 years, in fact, the group has never stopped improving with the objective of providing plants of an increasingly better quality to enable growers to become fully productive in the shortest time possible with high-quality produce and keeping costs to a minimum. Everything with economic and environmental sustainability in mind," explains Giulio Corazza.
Giulio Corazza, cherry representative
Bibaum® cherry knip plants, which are one year old, are very successful in all the main cherry producing areas in Italy and Europe. As widely proven by the tests carried out in the most renowned experimental centers in Italy and Europe, their success is due to the high productivity and exceptional grades, as the fact orchards can be set up with narrow walls that guarantee high light interception and a better production quality and uniformity also thanks to the reduced distance of the fruits from the trunk.
Bibaum 2012 cherry trees
This technique guarantees countless advantages in terms of cost reduction thanks to the high adaptability to mechanization (e.g. pruning), the increased effectiveness of plant protection treatments and the significant reduction of harvesting costs, which is among the most expensive items within the budget of a cherry orchard.
The recommended plant layout is 1.50 m between trees and 3.50 m between rows, with the option of reducing the distance between trees to 1.20 m in mountain areas such as the Trento province.
Although the data from the main experimental centers support Bibaum as the most favorable type of cultivation for this production, as always it is the direct experience of the most enterprising producers that confirms the incredible advantage of this system compared to most conservative options.
Bibaum in bloom
The result is shared by multiple areas: productions of 12-14 kg/plant, i.e. 25 tons/hectare, can be achieved already from the 4th lead.
"But why settle? Early production, higher quantities and increased yields are what drive the group every day to improve and renew its varietal offer."
"The Symposium will also be the occasion for the Vivai Mazzoni team to showcase its renewed products. In fact, in addition to the well-known Kordia, Regina and Ferrovia, there are Nimba (-5 Burlat), Royal Lafayette (+13 Burlat), Areko (-3 Kordia), Royal Helen (+5 Kordia), Royal Edie (+5 Kordia), Hertford (+10 Kordia). These varieties come from the largest breeding programs in the world and have been selected by Vivai Mazzoni technicians for their productivity, grade, flavor and resistance to pathogens and diseases (such as cracking)."
Bibaum cherry trees in Switzerland
Genetic research is however not only focused on new varieties, as its objectives include the development of rootstocks that can adapt to the multiple soil and weather conditions found in cherry orchards. For this reason, Vivai Mazzoni offers a wide range of rootstocks with characteristics suitable for new wall layouts. Cherry trees grafted on Gisela5, Gisela6, Weigi2 and Maxma Delbard14 rootstocks are available.
"The objective of Vivai Mazzoni is to apply all the knowledge gained over the years with Bibaum plants to set up orchards that can be increasingly mechanized and that are easy to manage, inexpensive and highly productive. To reach this objective, various orchards with the multi-axis systems have already been planted and are doing much better than expected."