|Figure 1. Seedbed|
Culling rate in VARTC nursery is about 25%. This involves eliminating abnormal sprouts and, after 80% nuts have germinated, all the nuts remaining in the seedbeds, as well as an ultimate selection of the seedlings before planting.
Germinated seed nuts are left with bare-roots without polybags (Figure 2) or placed into polybags (Figure 3). In the context of Vanuatu archipelago, the weight and the size of polybags constitute a handicap due to the high transportation cost. So the number of seedlings sold without polybags is much more important than with polybags.
|Figure 2. Seedlings without polybags|
|Figure 3. Seedlings in polybags|