THE EFFECT OF DIFFERENT PLANTING DEPTHS ON SIZE, SHAPE AND WEIGHT OF DASHEEN CORMS

The current recommendation for growing dasheen (Colocasia esculenta) in Dominica for export, failed to produce corms of the desired standard for European and some Caribbean markets - corms weighing 0.9-1.3 Kg of uniform size and pear-shaped. Since plant density and planting depth are known to influence corm characteristics, an initial evaluation was made of the effect of varying the planting depth (15, 20, 25 and 30 cm) while maintaining the recommended density of 0.6 m x 0.6 m. Planting depths of 25-30 cm produced the reguired market standards with respect to size and weight but the shape was not acceptable. The desirable shape was produced using a planting depth of 28 cm but then the size and weight did not come up to standard. Planting depths of 15 cm did not give any satisfactory results.


Issue Date:
Jul 29 1990
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
Language:
English
Total Pages:
7




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