Thursday, March 15, 2012
Figs Trees Planted In A BH Compound !!!
"Pak Harry those figs trees young shoots are now growing well in my BH compound."
That was what this green finger BH owner was telling me on the phone recently.
I wrote about his ability to look after a number of figs plants (branches) that I send to him via post laju.
After about three months the tree are doing well in his BH compound.
He send to me these pictures.
The trees will take about 3-5 years to start fruiting.
Once they starts to do so the will normally attract a kind of insect that helps to pollinate their flower.
Their flowers are inside the fruits. So what these special insects (wasps) does is to borrow a hole into the fruits skin and flesh and help to pollinate the flowers.
Once that is done they will lay their eggs inside a kind of pots that are specially design for this insect.
These eggs will turn into maggots and will turn into insect.
Each fruit can generate about 50-100 young insects per fruiting season.
If your fig tree can produce say 10,000 fruits you will be able to generate about 500K to 1 million insects per cycle.
If you plant say 10 plants you will easily have about 10 million insects.
A very interesting method to lure those birds to come and take their meal and if they like your BH nearby I am sure they will enter your BH and maybe be you tenant for the rest of their life.
The fig tree will provide these fruits and the insect will propagate inside these fruits year in and year out.
You will have lesser thing to do accept not to allow the trees to outgrown your BH.
Make sure they are cut regularly to ensure that they will not grow too tall thus blocking your BH entry or those external sound.
To those who wanted to purchase and try these figs tree in Sabah please let me know.
He seems to be ready with more trees for all BH owners in Sabah.
I am fortunate and glad to have a number of followers/students who are willing to help others in swiftlet farming.
If all of us should help each other the industry will be better in the long run.
I have been doing this for almost 5 years now and so far believed that there are more things to come.