All about Pepper; Including Practical Instructions for Planting, Cultivation and Preparation for Market

All about Pepper; Including Practical Instructions for Planting, Cultivation and Preparation for Market : Giving Cost of Cultivation, Estimate of Expenditure, and Much Other Useful Information from a Variety of Sources

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: be the best cultivators of pepper, do not do this, but plant their cuttings as I have described. They always use cuttings, and only the ends or tops of branches, which they put in a shaded nursery to roots before planting out. I myself have found plants much more certain than cuttings and hardier, but I was not able to obtain cuttings of the ends of branches only. The vines commence to bear at 21 years old. I saw a garden of this age in Singapore. The vines were about 6 feet up the post but bushy at the bottom, and had a maiden crop on them. I can't estimate how much an acre, but I think it was about 600 lb. per acre. From a good old average vine--said to be 30 years old--I saw 30 lb. of green pepper taken and weighed. I saw several gardens that I believe averaged as much as this vine. As pepper dries down to one-fifth of its green weight, this would be six b. of marketable pepper, or at 889 vines per acre 5,334 lb. per acre for the autumn crop, and the Chinese said they got as much more for the spring crop. I did not see any spring crop, so cannot vouch for the truth of this total; say 10,000 lb. per acre per annum. I don't believe this. The Chinese never, as far as I saw, plant more than 10 to 15 acres of pepper in one garden along a carefully selected basin, and they cultivate each vine very highly, so that there are no bad vines in the whole acreage until the garden is old and worn out. A good average crop of pepper I have been told on reliable authority is about 28 piculs an acre, or say 33 cwt., or rather over 4 lb. of prepared pepper per vine. The price of pepper in Singapore now $15 per picul, is very high, and I was told that $10 was a safe price to calculate on. This would give 28 piculs at $10=$380, or say about...
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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236975553
  • 9781236975553