article, when strength, length and lightness are considered. Attempts to transplant the abaca, or Manila hemp plant, to India, Borneo and the West Indies have resulted in failure.
I cannot tell the abaca from the banana plant, its near relative. They both produce a fruit and a fiber, but the abaca fruit is worthless and the banana fiber lacks strength, so these two members of the Musa family achieve distinction on separate lines.
While the great bulk of the hemp is used in the manufacture of rope, cordage and binder-twines, some of the fine varieties are utilized for fabrics, lace, and hat braids.
Rainfall in this section is distributed throughout the year. A grower told me his crop would suffer if six weeks elapsed without rain. The plant requires little care and is not bothered by insect pests. After its third birthday it becomes a producer. Its great enemy is the wild hog, numerous in Luzon, with a decided fondness for young plants. Fencing becomes a necessity.
MANILA HEMP PLANTS.