Climate for Sisal


Sisal grows best in subtropical climates. The plant grows well in hot climate with temperatures between 10°C to 32°C. The plants are not frost tolerant and produce the best in areas with an annual rainfall of 500 mm and higher. Sisal can grow in areas with less or erratic rainfall. In high-rainfall areas, production may become problematic due to weed infestation and occurrence of diseases. Waterlogging causes stunted growth. As the flowers of sisal begin to wither, buds growing in the upper angle between the stem and flower stalk, develop into small plants, or bulbils, that fall to the ground and take root. Sisal plant grows best in well drained loamy soil. Sisal can be cultivated in most soil types except clay and has low tolerance to very moist and saline soil conditions. Soil pH of between 4.0 and 6.0 is important.Transplanting the sisal from its secondary beds is usually done before the beginning of rainy season when the land is still dry because this will limit disease infection and weevil attacks. Sisal is an environment friendly fibre and almost no fertilisers are used in its cultivation.