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Basic Principles of Planting and Managing ACKEE Trees
Choose sites with fertile, deep and free-draining soil and readily available irrigation water.
Ensure that first 30 cm (12”) of top soil is placed on one side of the hole and the remaining subsoil is put on another side. Add 2-4 kg (5-10 lbs) organic matter to each hole plus top soil and mix well into the hole, after which subsoil should be added.
Only plants that have been properly hardened and labelled should be chosen. Select healthy plants showing a good root system. Never plants with bench, fork and swan neck roots.
How to Plant
This activity is vital to the health and productivity of the plant and should be conducted, as often as necessary.
Fertilizer should be applied based upon leaf and soil analysis, which should be repeated every 5 years.
Where analysis is not done the following is recommended.
Apply 454g (1 lb.) mixed fertilizer per plant in 2-3 split application during the first year. Increase by 454b (1 lb.) per plant per year up to 10 years.
How to fertilize
To prune a tree is to cut off unwanted parts from it.
Reason for pruning
To keep tree at a height that allow for easy reaping and general tree management. Trees should be pruned to prevent them attaining a height beyond 15 feet (4.5m). (See fig. 9)
Types of Pruning