Jack Fruit, Kathal, Artocarpus Heterophyllus (Grafted) - Plant
Height: 80 feet.
Difficulty level: Easy.
Planting & Care
The place chosen for the planting should be first cleared from old tree stumps and old roots to avoid termites and root disease. When necessary, the soil should be ploughed first, then rows are made to mark the planting intervals. Usually, jackfruits are planted at a distance of 30 ft. x 30 ft. In an acre, 48 trees can be planted. In a new area the planting interval can be reduced to 25 ft. x 25 ft., and 69 trees can be planted in an acre.
Sunlight: Full sun.
Soil: Rich, deep and somewhat porous soil.
Water: Keep the soil moist but do not overwater.
Temprature: Tropical climate.
Fertilizer: Fertilize your growing jackfruit tree with nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium applied in a ratio of 8:4:2:1 to 30 grams per tree at six months of age and doubling every six months up to two years of age. Past the two year mark, growing jackfruit trees should get 1 kg. per tree in the amount of 4:2:4:1 and is applied before and at the end of the wet season.
- Other jackfruit care dictates the removal of dead wood and thinning of the growing jackfruit tree.
- Pruning to keep the jackfruit at about 15 feet high will also facilitate harvesting.
- Keep the tree roots damp but not wet.
- The pulp of the ripe fruit is eaten fresh or in syrup.
- They are a valuable source of carbohydrates with a lesser amount of calcium and phosphate.
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