Inga plot. Photo by León 2007.
Work done up to the end of September involved caring for the seedlings in the nursery: watering, organising shade, weeding and pest control, One hectare plots (10,000 m2) were demarcated and cleared ready for future planting of the Inga trees.
There was little rain so the seedling trees had not grown much, but were otherwise healthy.
Clearing of the plot 2 of Agroforestal-Inga Chanchamayo – Perú project. Photo by Jaime León 2007.
By the end of October winter had started in the area and it was the right weather for planting. The clearing of plot nº 1 was completed and 5000 holes were dug in it for planting. Seedlings of Inga feuillei were selected from the nursery and transported to the plot and 5000 were planted into their final postitions in the holes. They were 30 to 35 cm high at the time of planting, and the planting was 100% successful.
View of the final planting of Inga feuillei in plot 1. Planted in level curves, 4 m between lines and 50cm separation between plants. Photo by Jaime León 2007.
By the end of December 2006 plot no. 3 was cleared, 5000 holes were dug, Inga edulis seedlings were selected from the nursery, transported to the plot, and planted in the holes. The time from germination to plantation was 90 days. The seedlings were 35 to 40 cm high and healthy.
Inga planted in level curves. Photo by León 2007.
So all three Inga species have been planted and from now on the plots will be looked after and the adaptability of the two coast species will be monitored.
In January soil was put round the base of the seedlings in plots 2 and 3, and plot no. 1 was weeded.
Seeds of Inga oerstediana and Inga marginata were collected and sown in small plots as samples.
Clearing in plot no.1 between rows of Inga feuillei. Photo by Jaime León 2007.
By March plots 2 and 3 were weeded. Samples of soil were taken from all three plots to be studied.
The heights and diameters of trees in all three plots were measured on 17th March. For the Inga sp the heights ranged from 45 cm to 186 cm, and the diameters, taken 15 cm from the ground, ranged from 0.8 cm to 2.1 cm. For the Inga edulis heights ranged from 69 to 142 cm, and diameters, again taken 15 cm from the ground, ranged from 1.0 to 1.9 cm. The heights of the Inga feuillei ranged from 110 to 360 cm, with diameters, this time taken 30 cm from the ground, ranged from 1 to 4 cm.