Recommended Plantain Fertilization Methods

Recommended Plantain Fertilization Methods

In order to produce a heavy bunch, plantains always need some extra nutrients. These can be applied in the form of either inorganic or organic fertilizers (mulch, manure or ash from wood fires). Inorganic fertilizers have the advantages of easy handling and concentrated nutrients while organic fertilizers are very bulky, yet they manifest many important characteristics as they improve soil retention, weed and erosion control, soil porosity and biological activity. The application of fertilizers should start 1month after the planting of plantains or with the first rains in an already…

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Mulching of Plantains and the Advantages

Mulching of Plantains and the Advantages

Organic matter is essential for plantain cultivation / plantain farming if the field is to be very productive for a long time. A high level of organic matter in the soil is beneficial because it stimulates root development, improves soil drainage, decreases soil temperature fluctuation and increases soil porosity and biological life. Mulching can be defined as the use of plant material such as straw, leaves, crop residues, green manure crops, or saw-dust, stones or plastic planes etc. that is spread upon the surface of the soil. A mulch cover…

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