Propping and Harvesting of Plantains

Propping The heavy weight of the plantain bunch bends all bearing plants and can cause doubling (pseudo stem breaks), snap-offRead More

Inter-cropping of a plantain field and its Advantages

Plantain fields are arranged in rows spaced at about 3m x 2m. as the canopy closes only to about 5Read More

Recommended Weed Control Practiced / Methods for Plantain Plantations

Plantains should always be weed free, weed control starts during the field preparation and weeds are initially controlled about everyRead More

Recommended Plantain Fertilization Methods

In order to produce a heavy bunch, plantains always need some extra nutrients. These can be applied in the formRead More

Mulching of Plantains and its Advantages

Organic matter is essential for plantain cultivation if the field is to be very productive for a long time. ARead More

The Recommended method of planting plantains and the right time to plant them

Suckers are planted immediately after field preparation. Plant holes are prepared with a minimum size of about 30 cm xRead More

How to prepare Plantain Suckers for Planting

Suckers are separated from their mother plant with a spade or machete. The sucker corm must not be damaged orRead More

How to select Plantain Cultivars

For field cultivation, medium plantains should be preferred to giant ones even though giant plantains produce heavier bunches. Giant plantainsRead More

The Recommended Spacing for Plantain Cultivation

The recommended spacing for planting plantain is 3m between the plantain rows and 2 m within the row (in other words.Read More

Methods of field preparation for plantain farming

When preparing your fields for your plantain farming, you must be aware of the fact that fields are to beRead More

Selecting a site for plantain farming? Things to consider

Selecting The Site There are some factors that must be considered when selecting a site for your plantain farming businessRead More

The Importance of Plantain Farming Business

Plantain is a staple crop grown throughout the tropics. In Africa, plantain and Banana are also an important source ofRead More

Sowing Guide for Different kind of Crops

 Every crop farmer must be aware of the specie he/she wants to cultivate, the average number of seeds, the quantityRead More

Introduction to Plantains and their Environment

Plantains (Musa spp., AAB genome) are plants producing fruits that remain starchy at maturity (Marriot and Lancaster, 1983; Robinson, 1996)Read More

THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE PLANT-CROP PLANT FORMS

1. Shoots: Shoots target the above-ground business of the plant. Very young plants may possess only simple, undeveloped shoots. AsRead More

Classification of Crops

Classification based on life span of crops/duration of crops: 1.1 One seasonal crops: these are the kind of crops thatRead More

Crop Plant Forms

1. Monocotyledonous crops: these are   E.g. All cereals & Millets, They usually have narrow and long leaves and theyRead More

Crop Storage Methods

There are basically two methods of storage: in bags and in bulk. Bags can be stored either in the openRead More

Systems of Crop Production

Under the growing of crops, there are different systems in which crops can be cultivated which are usually practiced byRead More

Thinning of Plantain Suckers

Unlike those of most other bananas, plantain suckers develop very slowly. After harvest, all suckers start to grow at theRead More

Required Spacing for Plantain Cultivation

The recommended spacing is 3 m between the plantain rows and 2 m within the row (in other words. 3Read More

Selecting the site for Plantain Cultivation

The site should be easily accessible, especially if the establishment of a large field is being planned. It should beRead More

Preparing the field for Plantain Cultivation

Fields are to be prepared with minimum disturbance to the soil (no-tillage farming). In consequence, manual clearing should be preferredRead More

Ways of Preparing of Plantain suckers

Suckers are separated from their mother plant with a spade or machete. The sucker corm must not be damaged orRead More

Method of Planting Plantain Suckers (PPS)

Suckers are planted immediately after field preparation. Plant holes are prepared with a minimum size of about 30 cm xRead More

Plantain’s Planting Period (PPP)

Plantains can be planted throughout the rainy season. However, they should grow vigorously and without stress during the first 3Read More

Weed Management on Plantain Cultivation

Weeds can be hand-pulled or chemically controlled. Paraquat and simazine are appropriate herbicides since they control the weeds without affectingRead More

Plantain Propping

The heavy weight of the plantain bunch bends all bearing plants and can cause doubling (pseudo stem breaks), snap- offRead More

Plantain Planting Materials

Several types of conventional planting material exist which includes: Peeper:a small sucker emerging from the soil. Sword sucker: a largeRead More

Plantain Mulching

Organic matter is essential for plantain cultivation . External sources of mulch can consist of elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum), whichRead More

Plantain Inter-cropping

Plantain fields are arranged in rows spaced 3 m x 2 m. As the canopy closes only some 5 toRead More

A bunch of Matured Plantain

Plantain Fertilizer Application

The plantain crop always benefits from the use of fertilizer (table 1). The yield from fertilized plants can be upRead More

Plantain Cultivars

So far, At least 116 plantain cultivars have been identified in the West and Central Africa. Meanwhile the plant sizeRead More

Plantain’s Climatic Requirement

Plantains, like other bananas. require a hot and humid environment. Ideally, the average air temperature should be about 30°C andRead More

A bunch of Matured Plantain

Introduction and Morphology of Plantain

Plantain and Banana are staple crops grown throughout the tropics. In Africa, plantain and Banana are also an important sourceRead More

Managing the fallow period in Plantains

A field which becomes unproductive should be left fallow. If plantains are to be planted again after a fallow period,Read More

A bunch of Matured Plantain

Harvesting of Plantain Bunches

The bearing plant is cut and the bunch, 3 to 4 months old, is harvested when 1 or 2 fingertipsRead More

Disease and pest control of Plantain

Black sigatoka is the major disease attacking plantains; nematodes and stemborers are the major pests. Black sigatoka is a leafRead More

Controlling high mat on Plantain

After production of several ratoon crops, the upper surface of corms in aging plantain fields can be seen above soilRead More