A trial plot is under development with Casuarina junghuhniana as an inter crop with Melia dubia (Tamil - Malai Vembu) cultivation.
Spacing between a single row of Melia and the next row of Casuarina junghuhniana is 5 feet (Row to Row 5 feet).
Plant to plant spacing for Casuarina 5 feet, Plant to plant spacing for Melia dubia is 10 feet.
The above spacing is provided with a plan to harvest Casuarina junghuhniana on 4th year there by allowing a spacious 10' x 10' spacing for Melia dubia.
Growth on 15.02.2010 (Age: 15 days)
Growth on 10.03.2010 (Age: 38 days)
A close up view of growth on 10.03.2010 (Age: 38 days)
Because of its good coppice capability,biomass power companies are recommending farmers to go for very closer spacing with a plan to harvest the crop every 2 to 3 years.