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Dr Roland Bourdeix

"Coconut bonzai": reducing the vertical growth of Tall-type coconut palms

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Dr Roland Bourdeix

A traditional practice from farmers of the Mekong Delta

In the island of Hung Phong (01008N 10622E) of the Mekong Delta, coconut farmers have a very special traditional practice. When 2 years old, the young tall coconut palm is removed from the ground, its roots and leaves are cut and, after that, the palm is planted again in the ground. Such palm will develop stem similar to those of Dwarf cultivars: no bole, very short internode distance and slow vertical growth. Farmers said that this practice causes a delay of about one year on the starting of production but does not affect the future performance of the palms.

see the video at: http://diversiflora-international.blogspot.com/2016/03/new-coconut-bonzai-reducing-vertical.html

or to know more, please visit the new website: Coconut cultivation and use in Vietnam.

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