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How To Start A Tree Nursery

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By Rosemary Tukundane

George Okoth’s journey into nursery bed growing started in 2019 after retiring from insurance industry in 2018 where he worked for 25 years.

He started on two acres from where he expanded and formed a company in 2019 called Mukono Cinnamon and Rosemary Farmers ltd.

He grows cinnamon, guava, cocoa, rosemary, and Soursop (also called graviola). He also trains others farmers.

How to start and manage a nursery bed

  • Get land where to put your nursery bed
  • Secure a constant supply of water to protect plants from drying off.
  • Secure sand and loamy soil that doesn’t harden and mix it with chicken manure.
  • Then plant you’re your seedlings
  • Moderate sunshine (trees can be good sunshine regulators instead of a greenhouse that is expensive). Trees work best when you have a permanent water source.
  • Watering in a dry season for 2-3 days a week to protect trees from drying off.
  • Spraying with insecticides to protect leaves from being eaten by insects.
Okoth watering his seedlings. Photos by Rosemary Tukundane

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