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Side Grafting Update

Posted on April 08, 2014 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

In early February 2014, Ibrahim side grafted 300 of his old cocoa trees and two months later the side grafted budwood is growing extremely well.

The main tree / old trunk of the newly side grafted trees will be cut away in about 7 months time giving the new side grafted shoot all the nutrients. In the meantime, Ibrahim can still harvest fruit from the main tree. The new shoot will begin to fruit in much the same timeframe as the new cocoa tree seedlings. 

Ibrahim with Cocoa Carer Darwis inspecting the new sidegrafted cocoa trees.  

 L: Ibrahim proud of his sidegrafting. R: The new shoot has attached to the old trunk extremely well.

 

 

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Side Grafting Commences

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

Cocoa Carer Darwis has been working hard in Ibrahim's farm having side grafted around 300 trees. Cocoa trees need rehabilitation through side grafting when they are too old to produce cocoa, or are producing very little cocoa. While these trees are too old too produce much cocoa, the root system is in good condition making the tree perfect for side grafting.

Top quality, high producing budwood is used for all Cocoa Care's tree rehabilitation programs and the grafting is performed by a highly experienced Cocoa Carer. 

  Cocoa Carer Darwis inspecting the newly side grafted budwood with Ibrahim. 

Newly side grafted cocoa tree budwood 

In around 9 months time the old main tree will be cut away to give the side grafted shoots all the nutrients allowing the new shoot to fruit in about the same time as a new cocoa tree seedling.  

 

 

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