Jute is harvested at 50% flower and 50% capsule stage. Kenaf is
harvested at 50% leaf shedding and a few capsule-maturing stages. After harvesting, the
plants are dried for 1-2 days for defoliation. Each bundle contains about 30 plants. The
bundles so made are transported to retting places which include ditches, ponds, lakes,
streams and rivers.
Double Immersion / Single-Wash-Retting in China:
Harvested or uprooted JAF plants are kept immersed under water for 5-7 days first. For
weighing down the plants under water, stones or soil are used. After this period of
submersion, the plants are taken out and ribboned. The ribbons are bundled and again
immersed in water for retting until the fibre can be extracted from the ribbons.