Bulletin Volume 32, PT. 2

Bulletin Volume 32, PT. 2

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...be fought by the use of carbon bisulphite. There is, however, a "witch broom" disease which has affected the Gros Michel variety in Dutch Guiana, and a "Panama" sickness which has attacked certain other varieties. It is a matter of common observation that the banana is absolutely seedless, cultivation through innumerable generations having led to a vegetable method of propagation. Some of the primitive seedbearing varieties are still said to exist in isolated regions of the Far East. The first step toward cultivation is the clearing of the land. Into the tangle of shrubs and vines and the thick snarl of tropical vegetation the laborer comes with an ax and "machete" and cuts low everything but-the giant trees. VVhen all of the small timber and brush has been felled planting is commenced. Young shoots are obtained from a plantation already in bearing, and these are placed in rows about 122 feet apart. When the planting is finished, the only labor necessary is to keep down the weeds and carefully clean the ground about the root of each stalk. The banana plant will grow with wonderful rapidity under favorable circumstances. In fact, the development from a newly planted sucker to the plant in full bearing is simply short of marvelous. Vithin a space of six or seven weeks the 2 or 3 foot plant has more than doubled in size, a11d a month or so later the leaves cease to unfold and a spike appears out of the center of the crown. This is the future stalk of the bunch and carries a huge red blossom at the end. It develops rapidly, continually bending more and more until in a short time it has turned completely upon itself, so that the bananas grow end up or in a position the reverse of which they are usually hung....show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236786033
  • 9781236786036