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close this bookBetter Farming Series 21- Wet Paddy or Swamp Rice (FAO - INADES, 1977, 40 p.)
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How to transplant

26. Transplanting la done In the mud.

To make the seedlings grow well, they must be transplanted into very wet soil. The soil is right for transplanting when the mud comes up to your calf when you walk in the field.

How to transplant

27. Plant the seedlings In straight rows.

With traditional methods, the seedlings are planted in a haphazard way. This is not a good method: it makes it more difficult to weed and to apply fertilizers.

When you plant the seedlings in rows:

· You get a better density.

· The seedlings are all at the same distance from each other.

· They tiller out better.

· It is easier to apply fertilizer, to weed and to hoe.

Mark out the rows with a string tied to two pegs. Or you can use a marker.

You can use a marker


28. Plant In rows and aced holes.

Leave 20 centimetres between rows and, in each row, 20 centimetres between each seed hole.

Put 2 seedlings in each seed hole.

But, if you have left the seedlings longer than 30 days in the nursery, put 4 or 5 seedlings in each seed hole.

Take the roots between your fingers and push your fingers 2 or 3 centimetres into the soil so that the roots will be at the right depth in the earth.

29. Replacing seedlings that have not grown.

If you see seedlings that have not grown 6 to 10 days after transplanting, replace them.

Take some seedlings out of the nursery and plant them in the field in the place of those that have not grown.

Do not wait too long before you do this work.

Right way to hold the seedling when transplanting