13363Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Gliricidia seeds & Coconut fibre
- Mar 10, 2012Coconut fibre is best used as cover mulch to retain moisture around
the root zone.
I have done this with my mango sapling on the ground and it is doing fine.
On 3/10/12, Daniel <dfjager@...> wrote:
> Word of warning about Coconut fiber.
> I got, after transplanting my seedlings (with potting soil with cocofibre),
> loads of termites around the roots of my young trees. It killed or retarded
> the growth of a great many.
> Hence I do NOT use it anymore as an admixture in potting soil. It does make
> for good superficially spread garden mulch, though.
> --- In email@example.com, Boovarahan Srinivasan <offtown@...>
>> Hi !
>> I may need the glyricidia seeds for my farm of size 400 ft by 150 feet.
>> On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM, Harish Amur <harishamur@...> wrote:
>> > **
>> > After a few requests last year, I thought it prudent to preserve
>> > Gliricidia
>> > seeds this year. There is an amazing amount of fruiting this year, which
>> > means that we should have loads of seeds. Anyone interested, please let
>> > me
>> > know. I shall arrange for some to be sent.
>> > An honest confession: I have not grown Gliricidia plants from seeds. It
>> > is
>> > not a practice here either, as the plant grows very well with cut
>> > branches.
>> > So, it would be your own research and effort to grow from seeds :) It
>> > is *Gliricidia
>> > sepium, *the pink flower variety.
>> > *A thing about Coconut fibre:*
>> > Last year I started experimenting with coconut fibre as we have 5 giant
>> > coconut trees in our house and we get lots of coconut. The fibre (or
>> > jute
>> > or whatever is its name) is usually thrown or burnt. I tried using it in
>> > pots, as the penultimate layer. It has yielded very good results. This
>> > fibre is very good in retaining water/moisture. Helps roots spread
>> > easily.
>> > Is a good home for earthworms (yes, I had put a few in the pots). It is
>> > not
>> > really acidic as the internet claims it to be. For if it was that acidic
>> > the plants should have not grown as well as they did. And a good thing
>> > is
>> > that it does not rot very soon, providing its services for months
>> > together.
>> > I have also mulched a mango tree with this stuff and the tree is in a
>> > very
>> > good health this year.
>> > Regards,
>> > Harish
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>> Boovarahan S
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