MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, April 26 (PIA) — While lanzones can be grown either through seeds or grafting, the Camiguin Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) is exploring other possibilities to improve the crop and hasten its fruiting process.
After years of experimenting in macrosomatic cloning of Camlong lanzones variety, the researchers finally made their mark.
Camiguin Provincial Agriculturist Renero G. Torion bared the breakthrough in an interview with Philippine Information Agency, now they are growing their first produce of around 80 seedlings.
“We tried and we have it now, we have it in the bags with growing roots and leaves, the production is still small, but in the future, these will answer to the rising demand of “Camlong” planting material as it can be produced all year long,” Torion said.
Grafting, he said, which entails the attachment of the scion from the parent longkong tree to the growing roots stocks, has limitations, scions are not always available every month and then the very high demand for rootstocks which consumes PAO’s stocks very often.
These, he said, are among the reasons why the Camlong lanzones variety is still limited to model farms cooperators.
The macrosomatic technology offers new and better variety of lanzones trees, land owners can expect to harvest as early as five years after planting, compared to the nine-year time period for natural or grafted lanzones trees.
Apart from retaining the sweetness, which Camiguin is famous, the new variety according to PAO also has longer shelf life that could hold to about three weeks at maximum.
The technology breakthrough will be backed soon with a more specialized facility next year; currently PAO have the macrosomatic facility bed with misting nozzles housed inside the provincial nursery.
Meanwhile, while the province is not spared of the dry spell, Torion is advising lanzones owners to start spraying water on their trees if there is no rain until mid of May.
He said the stress from too much heat is needed for it to defoliate and bear more fruits, but too much of water or dryness may also cause the plant to reach its permanent welting point (PWP). (JCV/PIA 10)