|Better Farming Series 22 - Cocoa (FAO - INADES, 1977, 32 p.)|
|Taking care of the plantation|
28. When the cocoa trees have been planted, the work is not finished.
The grower still has a lot of work to do to look after his cocoa trees.
A grower who does not look after his plantation properly cannot harvest big pods and will not earn much money.
To look after your plantation properly you must:
· Replace seedlings that have not grown
· Remove weeds and keep the soil covered
· Prune the cocoa trees
· Apply fertilizer
· Protect the cocoa trees from insects and diseases.
REPLACING MISSING SEEDLINGS
29. Sometimes certain cocoa seedlings do not grow well. They remain small or die.
During the months following the day when you planted your seedlings, you must always look to see whether the cocoa trees are growing well.
If you see diseased or dead cocoa trees, pull them out and burn them, and also those encircling them in case of swollen shoot disease (see paragraph 42). In their place, plant other young cocoa seedlings, from among those that you have kept in the nursery bed or in baskets.