Observations on the Spacing of Sisal

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1946
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The early field trials on the Mlingano Sisal Experimental Station showed that of all the factors affecting sisal yields, spacing, in so far as it determined the density of plants, was by far the most important. As the population of plants per unit area increased so did the total tonnage of fibre obtained during the life cycle. A paucity of plants, such as 1,500-2,000 per hectare, only yielded about five to six tons against 30 tons reaped from 10,000plants per hectare. Intermediate populations likewise yielded according to plant number. The total fibre yield and the longevity of the sisal were closely and positively correlated with plant density.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XI (No 4), p. 247-250