If you are in a hurry to have
orchards that should be productive as early as possible,
there are now available large planting materials that
will fruit immediately upon planting.
1. Dig one
cubic meter (1 x 1 x 1 meter) or double the size of
2. If the
soil is heavy clay, add two sacks rice hull or sand and
one sack decomposed carabao or horse manure to make the
soil porous and fertile.
3. Apply 300 grams 14-14-14 fertilizer with
micro-element as basal fertilizer. This will influence
deep root penetration for better anchorage and
absorption of soil moisture during drought period and
4. Thoroughly mix top soil, rice hull and decomposed
5. Fill the planting hole up to 3/4 of the mixture.
6. Position the full grown tree at the middle of the
hole before slicing the plastic drum.
7. Remove first the bottom plastic of the plastic drum
by slicing the plastic while the plant is in horizontal
8. Finally, position the tree at the planting hole and
fill with soil mixture. Slice the plastic side and
remove entirely the plastic by pulling upward.
9. Press lightly the side and cover the entire plant
base to have elevated mound at least 1/2 to 1 foot above
the ground. For flat land, construct drainage canal or
plant in mound.
10. Water immediately up to saturation point. Cover all
roots exposed after watering with soil mixture.
11. Water regularly. This is the common mistake of
those who plant fully grown fruit trees. In the nursery,
this big tree is given 2 gallons water daily. The whole
plastic drum is fully filled with roots and evapo-transpiration
is very fast even when weather is cloudy. It is a must
to water the big trees especially rambutan more than two
gallons a day, watering may be done every other day at
the rate of 5 gallons or more. Make a catch-basin by
making small dike around the base to avoid water losses
through run-off. During heavy continuous rains make
opening of the catch-basin to remove excess water.