|Better Farming Series 02 - The Plant: the Stem; the Buds; the Leaves (FAO - INADES, 1976, 30 p.)|
|Some practical applications|
If a plant is not in the light, it does not grow well.
Light does not come through the leaves of a dense mango tree, and almost nothing grows under it.
Grass needs light to grow.
Plants get most good from air and light:
· if you pull out weeds;
· if you prune trees such as coffee, cocoa.
· if you grow crops on fairly high ridges, as with groundnuts, cotton, salad plants.
· if you make stems climb on sticks or branches, for instance, cowpeas, tomatoes, yams.
Weeds and cotton
With good air circulation, there is less disease.
Well ventilated plants resist disease better.