Effect of spacing on yield in improved clones of Theobroma cacao L.

Vishnarayan Mooleedhar, F.B. Lauckner


A field trial was established in 1979 to investigate the effect of close plant-spacing on the yield of cocoa from improved clonal plants. In this trial three commercial TSH (Trinidad Selected Hybrid) clones were used at three spacings. From data collected over a three-year period it was observed that all the clones performed significantly better under good environmental conditions. Yields from the closest spacing were significantly better than the intermediate and traditional spacings. A variety/spacing interaction was detected with one clone, being better suited to the close spacing than the other two clones.


Spacing; Yield; Clones; Theobroma cacao

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