After reading about mulberry and its many health benefits in Green Fingers recently, Kanneegar Pindavanija came upon the idea of promoting it as a supplementary cash crop for rubber plantation or orchard growers. “While waiting for their rubber or fruit trees to grow, agriculturists can plant mulberry between the trees and earn money from either harvesting their fruit or leaves,” she wrote. Ms Kanneegar wants to know where saplings for such a purpose can be bought cheaply.
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Rubber tree growers in the South plant pineapples as a cash crop while their newly planted trees are growing. Nine to 10 months after planting, the pineapples can be forced to bear flowers, and fruit can be harvested seven months later. The stomata, or tiny pores on the surface of leaves where gases are absorbed and released, of most plants are open during the day but those of pineapples open at night. Spraying the plants with flower-forcing hormone at dusk or before the sun rises, therefore, is more effective than when it is done during the day.
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