Tale of a rimas grafted unto kamansi stock.
By Zac B. Sarian
Rimas or breadfruit is a unique fruit tree because its fruit is seedless. As such there is no way of multiplying the tree from seed. The old way is to nick the root and when new sprout is produced, the sprout is detached when it has developed roots. Another way is through marcotting or air-layering.
A lesser known method of multiplying the seedless rimas is by grafting unto a rootstock of a related fruit tree such as the Kamansi or Pakak as it is known in the Ilocos.
In February 2015, we visited the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City, Ilocos Norte. We wrote about the interesting varieties of fruit trees being grown and propagated there. All along, we have been trying to look for a rimas that we could plant in our farm in Teresa, Rizal. Fortunately, there was one grafted rimas left with just three leaves. It was grafted unto a rootstock of Kamansi. That we got for our little farm. We did not plant it until early May when rains were expected.
We really took good care of the struggling grafted breadfruit, supplying it with a lot of Durabloom organic fertilizer and also spraying it with Power Grower Combo, a plant growth accelerator. It did not take long for it to become healthy-looking.
In late January 2018, the tree had started producing elongated male flowers, the four main branches putting two male flowers at a time. We have been anticipating that in no time the real fruit will come out sooner or later. And lo and behold! When we visited on April 10, we were surprisingly pleased to see one young developing fruit.
On April 14, the family of Harry Sac, a retired government employee, visited our farm and bought some planting materials of exotic fruit trees. They were also thrilled to see the three-year-old grafted breadfruit with its first fruit and posed for pictures with the tree. Of course, we were also thrilled by the first fruits of our lone breadfruit. We will keep on monitoring developments.
AGRI-BAZAAR AT QUEZON CIRCLE - Fruiting vegetables grown at the AANI Urban Farm will be showcased and offered for sale at the Agri-Bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan which will be held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on April 20-22.
There will be lectures during the 3-day event. On April 20, Friday, topics include mushroom growing, organic farming and rabbit-raising. On Saturday, topics include grafted vegetable technology, benefits of spirulina, Sweet Biostimulant by Bien Magcalas, and Snap Hydroponics by Richard Bernardo.
On Sunday, Tony Rola will talk on mango production, followed by a talk on several ways to make rice farming profitable. The last speader will be Dr. Eduardo Paningbatan on container gardening.
AGRI-KAPIHAN AT AANI ARCA SOUTH - A free seminar on Quail Raising will be held at the AANI Weekend Market at Arca South (formerly FTI) on Saturday, April 28. The seminar will be conducted by DrQuail, a pioneer in quail production accredited by the Bureau of Animal Industry.
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