Although we have malunggay tree in our backyard, which we planted as we what we are accustomed and that is through stem cutting, I really don’t have any idea on how to plant malunggay for a mass scale production. Since I have started making site about malunggay , I guess I owe something to the readers and so I did my own research. and I discover planting malunggay tree is very easy, which you love most and become your daily hobbies as what i love too...
A. Stem cuttings:
1. In our town, this is the method we used of planting malunggay. The best for stem cuttings is using the hard wood branch of malunggay tree that is at least one year old rather than using the soft,green stem part. Cuttings is not necessarily what centimeters long with any diameter of any centimeters.
2. After cutting, Plant the cuttings one -third of the length in a light, sandy soil if planted directly. Nursery is also recommended and the cuttings are ready for planting after 2-3 months. As expected, trees from stem cuttings grow faster but develop a shallow root system which makes them susceptible to moisture stress and wind damage.
3. Water the new planted malunggay tree everyday. Generally, malunggay are known for being drought resistant and grows in practically in all kinds of well-drained soils without additions of fertilizer. The deep root systems of malunggay is efficient in looking for nutrients in the soil.
1. Grow seedlings under a shade or in screenhouse with at least 50% shade.
2. Sow two to three seeds per cell with any wide and deep as long as the seeds may sprout anytime. Seedlings can be grown in trays or clay pot as well.
3. Slightly wet the soil, but not wet, every morning as needed using a fine mist sprinkler.
4. After one week of sprouting, take out the weakest sprout and just leave the strongest one. Seedlings can be transplanted one month after sowing.
A friend told me that more and more families are now planting malunggay in order to overcome extreme poverty and provide them with food and cash. as well. Even the Department of Agriculture-Biotehcnology Program Implementation Unit (DA-BPIU) - Philippines has launched its campaign for massive planting of malunggay in an effort to fight hunger, poverty and malnutrition in the country.