Bulletin - University of Hawaii, Agricultural Experiment Station Volume 1-21

Bulletin - University of Hawaii, Agricultural Experiment Station Volume 1-21

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...of wattle bark fallen to less than--$20 per ton. The average price in Natal, which country produces the bulk of the world's cultivated supply, has ranged from $29 to $35 per ton during the last five years. CULTIVATION. If the land to be devoted to wattle cultivation is level or reasonably so, it would be best to plow it. Of course gulch and mountain land or broken slopes are not capable of being plowed. If the land is plowed, it should be allowed to rest for three to six months, and should then be harrowed and cross-plowed. One pound of good seed will plant 10 acres. The seed is covered with a very hard skin, and when placed in the ground without previous treatment germinates slowly. Two methods of improving the germination of the seed are in vogue. The safer method is to put the seed in a bucket and pour boiling water upon it and allow it to stand for twenty-four hours. The other method is to scorch the seed in hot ashes by building a fire, allowing the wood to burn until there is a bed of coals, then rake off the coals and mix the seed with the ashes beneath. This latter method requires some judgment, as the seed should not be parched, but only scorched. It is more economical to plant the seed in the place where the tree is to remain than to plant in nursery rows and transplant. The seed should be sown in rows 10 feet apart and 2 or 3 feet apart in the row. If the ground has been plowed, the young seedlings should be cultivated, and this can best be done by planting some secondary crop, such as corn, potatoes, cotton, or tobacco, between the rows during the first two years. Where two or three seedlings come up in one place they should be thinned, leaving only one plant about every 6 feet. If gulch lands are chosen for planting, holes 3...show more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236794648
  • 9781236794642