- Referred to as biennial, alternate or irregular bearing
- Generally signifies the tendency for some fruit trees especially mango to bear a heavy crop in one year “on year” and very little or no crop in the succeeding year, the “off year”.
- When a tree produces heavy crop in one season, it gets exhausted nutrionally and is unable to put forth new flush thereby failing to yield in the following season.
This is attributed to genetic, physiological, environmental and nutritional factors.
- Cultural control by removing some of the blossoms on the “on” year such that it is balanced in the “off” year.
- Proper maintenance of fruit trees by effectively controlling pest and disease.