Table 1

Treatment description.

Treatment Initial planting density (number of palms per hectare) Distance between palms (in m) Management of planting density
D 1 128 9.5 Fixed
D 2 143 9 Fixed
D 3 160 8.5 Fixed
D 4 180 8 Fixed
D 5 180 8 Thinned (1)
D 6 205 7.5 Fixed

By eliminating every 7th palm at 8 years (one central palm per hexagon).

At eight years (July 2013) the density went from 180 down to 154 p/ha.

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