Agriculture

Can he grow Longkong in Pangasinan?

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A FELLOW who follows our blog, zacsarian. com, asked if Longkong will thrive in Umingan, Pangasinan. Of course, Longkong is the variety of lanzones from Thailand which is sweet, juicy, latexless, and with very few seeds. Some fruits are also seedless. Imported fruits sell for as much as R400 or more per kilo in the local market.

Well, we are sure Longkong will grow satisfacto­rily in Pangasinan for as long as its basic cultural requiremen­ts are provided. In fact, there are plantings, albeit small scale, in Ilocos Sur and La Union that are thriving. Ilocos Norte, according to our fruit expert friend Dr. Pab Pamplona, is in the same latitude as Uttraradit in Thailand, where a lot of Longkong is produced. Ilocos Norte and the provinces south of it are potential areas for growing the fruit tree. Longkong will thrive best from 1 to 600 meters above sea level.

Dr. Pamplona writes that Longkong will grow best in loamy soil rich in organic matter and easily drained. Hard clayey soil should be avoided although such soil condition can be amended by making a big planting hole that is filled with a mixture of organic fertilizer (or old animal manure), rice husk, and topsoil.

Longkong should be provided with partial shade, especially during its juvenile stage. One way is to plant four lakatan banana one meter apart. The Longkong is planted in the middle of the square. The bananas should be planted ahead so they will be big enough to provide shade when the Longkong is planted. One practical strategy is to plant LPM or large planting material. This means the plants are about five feet tall or taller. This will result in high survival, maybe 100 percent.

Regular watering is important, especially during the dry season.

Fertilizin­g with chemical, as well as organic fertilizer may be done every one to two months and supplement­ed with foliar fertilizer every 15 days. There are organic as well as inorganic foliar fertilizer­s. One effective growth enhancer is the Power Grower Combo formulated by Alfonso Puyat. If pests are observed, they can be easily controlled with most insecticid­es in the market. One more important thing to remember. Keep your Longkong plantation clean. Control weeds that could rob your trees of nutrients in the soil. The weeds could also be the nesting place of harmful insects.

Those interested in Longkong planting materials can visit the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal or contact Rose at 0915-002-1368.

 ??  ?? Edward Uy and his harvest of Longkong.
Edward Uy and his harvest of Longkong.
 ??  ?? These are vigorously growing grafted Longkong, but it is better to grow them bigger to about five feet before field planting.
These are vigorously growing grafted Longkong, but it is better to grow them bigger to about five feet before field planting.
 ??  ?? Longkong will grow well in many parts of the Philippine­s. In photo is Uy posing with Longkong tree in Dumaguete City.
Longkong will grow well in many parts of the Philippine­s. In photo is Uy posing with Longkong tree in Dumaguete City.
 ??  ?? Fruiting Longkong at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. This fruit tree will also grow well in Pangasinan.
Fruiting Longkong at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. This fruit tree will also grow well in Pangasinan.
 ??  ?? By planting large planting materials, high survival is assured.
By planting large planting materials, high survival is assured.

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