Preparing to plant cocoa trees
23. With traditional methods, planting is most often done in a
The cocoa trees are not planted in rows.
There is not the same distance between them.
When the trees are too far apart, they do not use all the soil;
when they are too close, they grow badly.
Instead, you should always plant in rows.
First mark the rows for the cocoa trees, leaving about 2.5 to 3
metres between rows.
Along each row, mark out with pegs the spots where the cocoa
trees are to go.
Leave about 2.5 to 3 metres between trees.
In this way you can plant about 1000 to 1600 seedlings per
24. Digging the holes
Before planting cocoa trees, the grower must dig holes in order
to stir the earth and loosen it.
Dig the holes two months before planting the cocoa trees.
When you are digging the hole, do not mix together the soil from
above and the soil from below:
Make two separate