STUDIES ON HARDENING OFF METHODS AND STARTER CONTAINERS FOR GIANT CAVENDISH BANANA EXPLANTS SHIPPED INTO ST. CROIX, U.S.V.I.

Transplanting Giant Cavendish banana explants directly or indirectly at 3, 6 and 9 days into speeding and forestry planter trays were studied. A survival rate of 79 per cent and 83 per cent for direct transplants as compared with 8 9 - 96 per cent for delayed transplants wore recorded. Although indirect, transplanting overall produced better plantlets after 6 weeks, delayed transplanting for 3 and 6 days using forestry planter trays gave biggest and most vigorous plants. The relatively smaller exposed soil surface of the forestry trays reduced the chances of leaf/soil contact and so minimized the incidence of leaf rot. The vertically extended root space (1 1/3" χ 4 3/4") of these trays also allowed for good drainage and plantlets developed elongated but extensive roots with sturdy stems.


Issue Date:
Sep 11 1983
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
Language:
English
Total Pages:
9




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