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13363Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Gliricidia seeds & Coconut fibre

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  • Boovarahan Srinivasan
    Mar 10, 2012
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      Coconut 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.
      >
      > Daniel
      >
      >
      > --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, Boovarahan Srinivasan <offtown@...>
      > wrote:
      >>
      >> Hi !
      >> I may need the glyricidia seeds for my farm of size 400 ft by 150 feet.
      >> thanks.
      >>
      >> 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
      >> >
      >> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >> >
      >> >
      >> >
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> --
      >> Boovarahan S
      >> Chennai.
      >> 09962662717 (Vodafone) , 08825889492 (Videocon)
      >>
      >>
      >> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >>
      >
      >
      >


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      Boovarahan S
      Chennai.
      09962662717 (Vodafone) , 08825889492 (Videocon)
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