One month after planting…

Our first agroforest plot at the Motacusal community a month after planting. On our follow-up visit we were pleasantly surprised to see that not a single of more than a 1000 sown had died. Image: Rolman Velarde, Herencia

It is now a month since sowing our first agroforest plot during the last days of February. A month later Rolman Velarde and Rodrigo Flores returned to assess how the seedlings were doing: how many had died, what evidence of pest damage there was and how they had grown. As you can see in the image above progress has been good. Whilst they may not have grown very quickly, none had died and only a few had suffered what looks like cricket damage despite most having aquired the protection of ants attracted to the nectary glands on their leaves. We were also reassured to see that ‘weeds’ have not grown up faster than anticipated which means that our plan to weed every two months should be effective. The wet-season is now starting to abate and in three months the driest time of year will test their establishment.

Close-up of two Inga seedlings a month after planting. You can spot a few leaves with minor herbivory damage. This may well be because of the resident ants who protect the seedlings in return for nectar from glands on the leaves. Image: Rolman Velarde, Herencia

Rolman and Rodrigo’s follow-up visit to our first pasture plot was similarly re-assuring. This despite the more open and exposed site making seedlings vulnerable to drying out and bleaching when first planted, and the more compacted ground. Again there was very low if any mortality despite some of the seedlings of transplanted origin having been quite small.

One of the Inga edulis seedlings sown in cattle pasture. Despite having suffered some initial damage from the sun it has recovered well and has produced some new leaves. Image: Rolman Velarde, Herencia



3 thoughts on “One month after planting…”

  1. Weren’t there any suitable tree species in the area which could have been propagated through large cuttings (2m or even larger)? Much faster and simpler from the beginning and you quickly are able to get even more cuttings. Large enough cuttings can even be established on pasture without excluding the animal.
    Great work!

    1. Dear John,

      Many thanks for your comment. We are focussing on Inga because of its ability to grow rapidly in compacted, acidic and nutrient-poor soil. We didn’t think of cuttings as we were not aware that cuttings could be made. Do you know whether cuttings could be made from Inga? Also if you have a basic protocol that we could use this would be very helpful. Certainly what you suggest would make life a lot easier!

      With best wishes, Alex

      With best wishes, Alex

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