Red Plantain Sucker
The offered product is a red plantain sucker. A sucker is a plant growth that develops from the rootstock of a plant. A sucker grows from the base of the root of the plant at a certain distance away from the plant. Plantain suckers are high-yielding plants and disease resistant to bacteria, viruses, nematode, and fungal affecting banana and plantain plantations. They can adapt to a variety of ecosystems in Nigeria.
- Farmers traditionally depend on the natural regeneration process of new plantain suckers to replace their plantain plants.
- They often remove all the suckers on a mat, except for the ones selected to replace the mother plant.
- However, with the advent of technology and other sophisticated techniques, planting and harvesting plantain suckers require fewer inputs and can be planted immediately on the field.
- Generally, plantain requires 10 to 12 months from planting to harvest.
Considerations before planting suckers
If you are planting a larger number of suckers then it makes sense to think carefully and plan the layout of the new field. To do this, you have to take into account: planting density, number of trees, shade trees, the slope of the field, and windbreaks.
Planting density refers to the number of trees you plant in a given area.
The planting density is influenced by:
- Size of the mature suckers (larger trees means lower planting density).
- Amount of maintenance you intend to do (higher planting density means higher maintenance, more pruning in particular).
- The soil fertility and whether or not fertilizers will be applied every year.
Do not plant suckers that are affected by any type of disease or pest problem.