|Establishing your tree-seedling nursery|
|Monday, 19 January 2009|
If an on-site nursery will be possible to maintain in your beach-side property (i.e. that you yourself or your caretaker can look after the young seedlings to water them at least 3x a week) then this would be ideal. Otherwise, take the seeds back to your city residence and start your seedling nursery there.A flat, partially shaded are (underneath 2 or three mature trees) would be perfect. An area along the side of your house or your apartment balcony will also be possible, for as long as it gets a 3-4 hours of morning or afternoon sunlight.
For your own convenience, make sure there is a nearby water supply or a hose as you will regularly be watering the seedlings 3-4 times a week.
Seed and Propagule Germination
Used styro-boxes (commonly used to ship fruits and vegetabes) can make for seed beds where you can first allow the seeds to germinate, before transplanting the seedlings into bags.
Care for your young seddlings will require regular watering (daily in the summer months and 3-4 times a week in the periods of no rain outside of summer.)
Weeding the plants regularly as well as protecting them from pests and stray animals will also ensure the health of the trees you will be planting. Depending on the age of the young trees and the time of the year, proper shading will also be necessary. In their first 2-3 months, partial shade will be ideal, before gradually moving them to areas with full sun.
Mangrove and mangrove associates will be ready for planting in the regeneration site within 3-4 months of nursery care. Beach forest species on the other hand will be best to keep in the nursery for 6 months to a year.