How to Plant Cassava
Do You Want To Plant Cassava? How Do You know the cassava stem that will yield rich cassava tubers during harvesting season? The aim of this post is to teach you how to dictate it. How to Plant Cassava.
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Cassava is not like other foods like yam and cocoyam which are planted by tubers. It is not like other foods or grains like rice, maize, and melon that are planted in seedlings. Cassava is planted by stems. That is, the sticks of mature cassava trees are cut in a smaller size and planted in the soil, head up.
This post is written for the benefit of all, not only for farmers. In this present economy, the production of agricultural food shouldn’t be left to particular groups of people. Everyone should be involved in agricultural production in this country.
If I plant cassava in my small garden and you plant in yours, food scarcity will be bygone. Agriculture is the answer we need in this present, continuous dwindling economy.
In agriculture, there are many factors responsible for bumper harvest like fertile land, good irrigation system, boosted soil and the next is the species of the food cultivated. This is actually where I am going to dwell. There are species of cassava that do better than others, no matter the ground it is planted and the only way to find out is by these three ways:
How to Plant Cassava
3 Ways to find out Cassava Plant that will Do well in the soil when Planted:
The size of the Cassava Stems
The one sure way to know whether cassava will yield plenty of food in the soil is by looking at its stems. The bigger the stem, the chances that it will produce plenty of food in the soil.
This method though does not give a hundred percent assurance but at least, sixty-five percent. My parents are farmers. They believe so much in this method. They are always looking for thick and big cassava stem species to plant in their farmlands.
Although the results have not been a hundred percent desirable it has not failed them. Some farmers shun this kind of cassava stems and use tiny ones. They argue that the bigger the stem the weaker it becomes in the soil.
The color of the Cassava Stem
Another way of choosing the cassava stems that will yield plenty of food when planted is to look at the color of the cassava stems.
It has been said that cassava stems that are purple like the color on the bark tend to do well in the soil. That is, regardless of the size of the stem, whether it is thick, slim, or tiny. As long as the sem is purple in color, it will make plenty of food.
So, when next you go to the market to buy cassava stems, look a the color of the stems before looking at the size.
The Number Fingers on the Cassava Leaves
Cassava leave comes in slices like human fingers just like the pumpkin leaves. Different species of cassava are dictated by the number of fingers on the cassava leaves. Some cassava leaves have five or six fingers. Others have seven or eight.
The only way to know cassava that will do well from the leaves is by counting the number of fingers on the leaves. The greater the number, the more food it will make. I am not writing out of assumption or what people have said. I am writing because I have become a farmer and that is what ai do.
Look at the cassava leaves image. It is a caption from my farmer. Count the leaves, they are more than eight fingers. This species of cassava stem makes the biggest and plenty of cassava tubers in the soil.
How to Plant Cassava (Summary)
If you have been trying the first two and they are not giving you the desired result, consider this kast option. When next you want to plant a cassava stem, make sure you see the leaves on it. Coin the number of fingers on the leaves. Make sure they are eight or more in number. Stop settling for the lesser figures.
Cassava stems with eight or nine fingers on the leaves are known to make plenty of cassava tuber in the soil. Give it a trial. Don’t keep this knowledge to yourself, share it with others.