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close this bookBetter Farming Series 07 - Crop Farming (FAO - INADES, 1976, 29 p.)
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Certain plants are first sown in a nursery.

In a nursery you can sow very thickly. When the seeds have germinated, when the plants have grown a little, they are lifted and planted out in the fields. They are transplanted. Tobacco, tomatoes, salad plants, rice and many trees, such as oil palm, mango, avocado, are first sown in a nursery and then transplanted.

Good transplanting.

Plants are lifted from the nursery. But before transplanting them in the field, they must be prepared. Cut off roots that are too long. Cut off damaged roots. Take off half the leaves. Put the plant in the soil up to the base of the stem. Pack the earth well round the roots.


To protect the transplanted seedlings from the sun, make a little shelter.
Bad transplanting.
The roots have not been trimmed; they turn upward.
The earth has not been packed down; the roots dry out.
If the transplanted seedling is not watered, it will not grow well.

Bed transplanting

Cassava is not sown. You put pieces of stem into the earth. Cassava is planted.

You do not sow pineapples or bananas. You put shoots into the earth. Pineapples and bananas are planted.

This planting must also be done in rows, to get the right density and to get rid of weeds more easily.