The Recommended Time and Method of Planting Plantain Suckers

The Importance of Plantain Farming Business

Plantain suckers are planted immediately after field preparation. Plant holes are prepared with a minimum size of about 30 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm. Adequate care should be taken to separate the topsoil from bottom soil. The sucker is placed in the hole and its corm is covered, first with the topsoil and then with the bottom soil. In the plant hole, the side of the sucker corm which was formerly attached to the corm of its mother plant is placed against the wall of the hole. The…

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How to Prepare Plantain Suckers for Planting

How to Prepare Plantain Suckers for Planting

Plantain suckers which are being used for plantain farming are separated from their mother plant with a spade or machete. Adequate care must be taken during the process because the sucker corm must not be damaged or chipped as their original roots are required to enable them germinate when planted. Consequently the corm should be carefully peeled with a machete. The pseudo stem of the suckers should be cut off a few centimeters above the corm. Peeling of the corm delays the development of nematode infestation, while cutting of the…

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How to select Plantain Cultivars

Things to Consider when Selecting a Site for Plantain Farming Business

For field cultivation, medium plantains should be preferred to giant ones even though giant plantains produce heavier bunches. Giant plantains take longer to produce and are more likely to be damaged by strong winds because of their size. The decision whether to grow a French or a False Horn plantain cultivar should depend on which type the consumers prefer. Horn plantains should never be cultivated as their yield is very low. Selecting Plantain Cultivars Cultivars, short for “cultivated varieties”, are plants that are propagated without seed, but rather vegetatively (for…

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