In process: Test on banana, from nursery to harvest
In Quevedo, area characterized by its loamy soil with a microsite of clay soils, we evaluated a test on bananas of the Clone William variety, applied from the management of the plants to the takeoff in the field and the harvest of bunches of the mother and daughter plants in succession.
This clone variety is characterized by its higher productivity and lower height, it is more resistant to diseases and better adapted to the climatic conditions of Ecuador. We opted to use Tectopore Pure as the farm’s substratum included fertilizers and organic matter. We act at the time of transplanting from the nursery to the field, with the interest of measuring the takeoff of the plants with our product and others without it.
In the initial phase, we established a period of eight weeks during which two treatments with the same granulometry were evaluated and the use of rice husk and sand was substituted in percentage terms to provide a better substrate for plant development. With this we seek to have more root mass, reduce the cycle from eight weeks to seven and increase the height and thickness of the plant’s neck.
The second application of the product was carried out in two phases, one at the time of planting and the other at week 23 of the son in succession. The first was to the hole, when the transplant was done and in this application planting with and without Tectopore was tested for the seedlings that came from the nursery. We also tested nursery plants without Tectopore and planted in the hole with Tectopore. At week 23, we placed Tectopore for the second time in a half crown in the direction of the son in succession.
The first metrics evaluated were height and stem of the mother plant and we continued with the data collection of the same variables of the first son in succession.
Once the mother plant (RO) started sheathing, we measured the time, weight, number of hands and calibration on the bunches.
At the end of the tests, which are still in process, the return of the succession and the data of both sheathing and clusters in the succession child (R1) will be evaluated.
In the nursery, we homogeneously mix the sand, the rice husk and a percentage of Tectopore to fill the pots with this substratum.
In sowing, we had two stages:
- We used fertilizer mixed with Tectopore and placed it at the bottom of the hole, prior to planting. Some treatments were carried out with treated plants from the nursery.
2. Tectopore was applied in the middle crown of the plant oriented towards the management of the first child.