In maintaining a coffee plantation, you have to prune and rejuvenate your coffee plants every once in a while. Entrepreneur.com.ph asked the experts from the Nestle Demo and Experimental Farm for some tips on how to keep your coffee trees in tip top shape.
- Remove unproductive plant parts like dead twigs and branches to optimize production and shape up the trees.
- Remove all water sprouts regularly.
- Use as mulch all remove plant parts except those infected. Burn plants infected with pests and diseases.
- Stump old trees that are uneconomically harvestable to make them young and productive. This is usually done every 6 to 8 years.
- To rejuvenate the coffee trees:
- Cut the main stem diagonally at a slant with a pruning saw or power saw one foot above the ground.
- Paint the open wood with used oil.
- Select 3 healthy sprouts to serve as new stems.
- Weed, fertilize and prune rejuvenated trees regularly.
To learn more about planting coffee, click here for more tips.