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The Cocoanut With reference to its products and cultivation in the Philippines   By: (1852-1916)

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Bureau of Agriculture.

Farmer's Bulletin No. 8.


With Reference to Its Products and Cultivation in the Philippines.



In charge of Division of Plant Industry.

Manila: Bureau of Public Printing. 1903.



Letter of transmittal 4 Introduction 5 History 5 Botany 6 Uses 6 Copra and cocoanut oil 6 Coir 10 Tuba 12 Minor uses 13 Cultivation 14 Selection of location 14 The soil 16 Seed selection 17 Planting 18 Manuring 21 Irrigation 27 Harvest 28 Enemies 28 Remedies 29 Renovation of old groves 30 Conclusion 30


Bureau of Agriculture,

Manila, June 1, 1903.

Sir: In responding to numerous inquiries about the cocoanut, its uses, cultivation, and preparation for market, I have prepared, by your direction, the accompanying bulletin, which is intended to cover the general field of the inquiries addressed to this Bureau, and herewith submit the same, with the recommendation that it be published as Farmers' Bulletin No. 8.


Wm. S. Lyon, In Charge of Division of Plant Industry.

To Hon. F. Lamson Scribner, Chief Bureau of Agriculture, Manila.



The following pages are written chiefly in the interests of the planter, but the writer feels that the great agricultural importance which the cocoanut palm is bound to assume in these Islands is sufficient to justify the presentation of some of its history and botany.

For that part of the bulletin which touches upon the botany of the cocoanut I am indebted to Don Regino Garcia, associate botanist of the Forestry Bureau; for that relating to its products and local uses, to the courtesy of manufacturers in Laguna; and, for the rest, to personal experience and observations made in Laguna Province and in the southern Visayan Islands where, as elsewhere in this Archipelago, the cocoanut may properly be considered a spontaneous and not a cultivated product.


The legendary history of the "Prince of Palms," [1] as it has been called, dates back to a period when the Christian era was young, and its history is developing day by day in some new and striking manifestation of its utility or beauty. It seems not unreasonable to assume that much of the earlier traditionary history of the cocoanut may have been inspired as much by its inherent beauty as by its uses. Such traditional proverbs Or folklore as I have gathered in the Visayas recognize the influence of the beautiful, in so far as the blessings of the trees only inure to the good; for instance, "He who is cruel to his beast or his family will only harvest barren husks from the reproving trees that witness the pusillanimous act;" and, again, "He who grinds the poor will only grind water instead of fat oil from the meat... Continue reading book >>

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