Coffee nurseries are organized to operate in two successive steps:
For these purposes, the nursery includes "seed-beds", best adapted for seeds germination, and "nursery-beds" where plantlets are transferred and allowed to grow till they reach the correct stage for transfer to the field.
The nursery should be designed in order to match your needs in seedlings. These of course depend of the size of your plot and the density you want to plant. But it also depends of various losses or accident that may incur during seedling production process. This slide may guide you to estimate your needs and the area to be prepared.
Seed-bed and nursery-bed should be built above ground level (some 20 to 25 cm) to facilitate the drainage of water in excess.
Shade is an important characteristic of the nursery. It should be close to 50% at the initial stage of the production, to be further reduced to 30% before seedlings transplantation.
Light and sieved soil for seed-bed
A soil mixture for nursery beds: 1/3 of sand, 1/3 of rich organic compost, 1/3 of clay
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