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close this bookBetter Farming Series 22 - Cocoa (FAO - INADES, 1977, 32 p.)
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Choosing the site

15. If a cocoa tree is to grow well, it needs more than anything else a soil

· of good structure,

· permeable and deep.

The cocoa tree has tap- roots. The tap- root descends straight into the soil. The branch roots go down very deep. But many small branch roots also grow near the surface.

If the soil is of good structure and contains much humus, the roots penetrate well. You can improve the soil structure by spreading manure and working it into the soil. If the soil is deep, the roots can go down to a good depth.

Never plant cocoa trees in soil with a lot of stones, or in soil where there is some hard layer.

Small surface roots