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bitter-kola
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Bitter kola or Garcinia kola is a plant that originated in Africa with a plethora of uses.
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Bitter kola Plant

Description for Bitter kola

Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant spread:

Garcinia kola is a species of flowering plant in the Clusiaceae or Guttiferae family. It is found in Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Wikipedia

Common name(s): Garcinia kola
Flower colours: cream
Bloom time: 2 weeks
Max reachable height: 39 to 66 ft
Difficulty to grow: easy to grow

Planting and care

Dig a hole 2 to 3 times as deep as the bulbs are high and set the bulb in the hole pointy side up. Fill the hole with soil and tamp gently.

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Medium
Temperature: 21.40C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Bitter kola

    Start with pruning shears for smaller growth. Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick. A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.

Typical uses of Bitter kola

Special features: The bitter kola is a good source of Quinone, which is known for its anti-malaria properties.

Culinary use: Kola nuts sold in the market or on roadside for consumption.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal use: The fruit, seeds, nuts and bark of the plant have been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat ailments from coughs to fever.

References

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garcinia_kola

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