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Some observations on the pre-nursery system for raising coconut seedlings

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RRA Peries

Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila, LK
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A pre-nursery system fur raising coconut seedlings was compared with the conventional nursery. The two major refinements introduced in the pre-nursery system are the slicing of seed nuts and transplanting of sprouted seed nuts from pre-nursery beds to nurserv beds, soon after sprouting.

The rate of sprouting in the Pre-nursery system was significantly superior. At the end of 20 weeks 76% of the seednuts in the pre-nursery had sprouted as compared to 67% in the conventional nursery. However, the number of plantable seedlings produced was not signififantly different. The cost of production of seedlings in the pre-nursery system was over 50% more than that of the conventional nursery.

It appears that slicing the seednut facilitates sprouting but transplanting sprouted seednuts from the pre-nursery caused a setback to the development of the seedlings.  

COCOS, (1984) 2 10-17

doi: 10.4038/cocos.v2i0.811

How to Cite: Peries, R., (2009). Some observations on the pre-nursery system for raising coconut seedlings. COCOS. 2, pp.10–17. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cocos.v2i0.811
Published on 16 Jul 2009.
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