Yield and growth performance of four plantain (Musa AAB group) cultivars in the Windward Islands

Maddineni M. Rao, Joseph E. Edmunds


The yield and growth performance of four plantain cultivars was evaluated over 18 months. 'Dominique' plantain cultivar, potentially a high yielder, gave a harvested yield which was significantly low because of plant losses from wind damage. 'Dwarf occupied less space per plant because of its compact foliage and short stature, and to obtain the same leaf area index (LAI) as recorded by the other cultivars, it must be planted at higher population densities. Consequently, further yield increases are possible with this cultivar. To obtain optimum LAI, all plantain cultivars should be planted at population densities greater than 1736 production units ha-1. 'Dominique' exhibited a greater apical dominance than the rest.


Plantain cultivars; Yield; Musa AAB group; Windward Islands

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