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Gmelina and Mahogany: Which is more Profitable to Grow and Why

Gmelina and Mahogany: Which is more Profitable to Grow and Why

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Gmelina and Mahogany Farming. Many people are asking which of the two most common trees gmelina (gmelina arborea), and mahogany (swietenia macrophylla), is better and there is actually no direct and definite answer to this question. But before you decide on what to plant, either for commercial or personal use, it is important to read this article if you have time as this could give you the whole idea of which is which. Planting both trees since I can remember more than 30 years ago, I think I have, at least an authority to compare which is which in terms of several factors that you can read below. I am going to tell you a short story first before we go into specifics. Silay City, Negros Occidental, 1984 I was eight years old. Our house was made of bamboo and cogon in a rural bara...
Top 15 Hardwood Trees in the Philippines to Grow for Profit

Top 15 Hardwood Trees in the Philippines to Grow for Profit

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Hardwood trees in the Philippines are becoming rare especially those native species because of the lack of interest in forestry. Forestry is not about logging but also about planting. Tree planting in the Philippines is not only an enjoyable hobby but also a profitable business and can help preserve our depleting ecosystem. Although the commercial forestry business in the Philippines is mostly dominated by Gmelina and Mahogany, there are also other native Philippine forest trees that are worth investing in. By planting native hardwood trees in the Philippines, you are not only making money but also helping preserve these threatened tree species. Below are some of the threatened endemic Philippine tree species (except for mahogany, gmelina, and acacia), with their scientific names ...
Gmelina Farming Guide in the Philippines

Gmelina Farming Guide in the Philippines

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If you are looking for an extensive Gmelina farming guide, you are in the right place so continue reading. Gmelina arborea is becoming the most important forest tree to grow in the Philippines. In Negros Occidental and most parts of Mindanao, it is more valuable than Mahogany and is the number one option for house construction. Although Mahogany can demand a higher price per board foot, farmers prefer Gmelina because of its faster growth and can be harvested again after five to seven years.  Gmelina Farming Guide: Seed Preparation The Gmelina seed is used when planting the tree. The Gmelina fruit size is similar to Kalamansi and contains only one seed. Ripe fruits are yellow and when they fall down, they can be used in planting. The fruits must be peeled off in order to get the see...
10 Oldest Native Trees in the Philippines

10 Oldest Native Trees in the Philippines

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The Philippines has rich biodiversity and natural resources. There are tens of thousands of plant species distributed in its more than 7,000 islands and some remained undiscovered by humans. Somewhere out there in the middle of the jungle, surely there are thousands of old trees in there and some may have died already due to their age, but since they are left undiscovered, it is hard to distinguish their real age. The size of the tree cannot be considered a deciding factor to determine the age of the tree. Some species are small and some grow to huge sizes despite their young age. This list provides only the oldest known Philippine trees discovered by humans and most of these are actually found outside the jungle. Balete, acacia, and mangoes – are some of the biggest and oldest...
Planting Mangrove to Save the Planet

Planting Mangrove to Save the Planet

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Planting Mangrove: On October 1, 2019, residents of the El Delgadito fishing field community in coordination with COSTASALVAJE and El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve (ReBiVi) in Mexico, began mangrove restoration activities, with red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) in intertidal areas of the Estero El Delgadito, located south of Laguna San Ignacio, BCS Planting mangrove: Why is it important? This mangrove planting activity is developed within the framework of the project: "Strengthening the effectiveness of management and the resilience of Natural Protected Areas to protect biodiversity threatened by climate change", financed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and whose objective is the reforestation of around 20 hectares with direct sowing of propagules (seeds) of red mangrove (R...