Questions and Answers

Does “Guanandi” tolerate frost?
A. In the first years no.

Can I plant “Guanandi” in any part of my farm?
A. No. Like other cultures, it goes better in some places than others. Since it demands lots of water, the valleys, slopes and wet lands are better places to plant it. It is important to avoid frosty areas.

Is irrigation necessary?
A. If the funds are available, dropping is more indicated. When they aren’t and there is a hydric deficit, one must be ready for an emergency irrigation from time to time.

Can I use it as windbreak for other cultures?
A. No. For that use there are better trees and “Guanandi” has a straight trunk and don’t like cold winds.

Can I plant it in the city?
A. Yes, but you have to respect a good distance from houses and other constructions since its roots spread around. It is very good for landscape and its fruits are appreciated by birds and mammals.

During the development process, can some trees die?
A. Yes. Like with other natives, this problem exists. Especially if it was planted in marginal areas.

Which is the best spacing?
A. To the adult plant the ideal would be 8 x 8 meters. However, in commercial non mechanical plantations we work with 6 x 6 meter. We start planting with 3 x 3 meters and, after two thinning phases, we end up with the desired spacing of 6 x 6 meters.

Can I plant it directly in its final space?
A. Yes. But you first need to uniformize them at the nursery because the seeds have a mechanical dormancy. And this is not the best way to do it because the care it will need at the beginning is big.

Ants are a problem?
A. Yes. The damage can be big in the first years. Therefore the control and treatment has to start two years before planting.