Coffee Board of Kenya Monthly Bulletins May 1963

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1963
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IT has always been accepted that the two chief drawbacks to multi-stem coffee vis-à-vis single stem, are its inability to shade the ground from the scorching rays of the sun and its propensity to flower in the short rains.This crop is usually of poor quality,due,it is thought,to unfavourable climatic conditions during the maturing of the beans through the hot dry months of January,February and March. On single stem,once the tree has reached maturity,the expert pruner can,by intelligent selection of secondary or tertiary growth,produce a short or long rains' flowering, as he so wishes.Again,by selecting the correct length of the secondary or tertiary growth, he can to some extent induce flowering on older, i.e. brown,wood,as opposed to the young and immature green wood,provided there is not too much out-of season rain.This also,I believe,produces a better quality coffee.On multi-stem,however,especially if the advice of Jacaranda is followed,it is practically impossible to make the tree do what you want.
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