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Description for Carissa carandas
Carissa carandas is a species of flowering shrub or small tree. It produces berry-sized fruits that are commonly used as a condiment in Indian pickles and spices. It is a hardy, drought-tolerant plant that thrives well in a wide range of soils. Very attractive when in fruit, the plant is often grown in the garden both as an ornamental and for its fruit in tropical and subtropical areas
Planting and care
The plant is grown from seed sown in August and September. Vegetative propagation also is practiced in the form of budding and inarching. Cuttings may also succeed. The first monsoon shower is planting time. Plants raised from seed start bearing two years after planting. Flowering starts in March and in Northern India the fruit ripens from July to September.
Caring for Carissa carandas
- Grows best in full sunlight will also grow in semi shade but will not fruit as much.
- Any type of soil is fine though in its natural habitat it prefers slightly acidic soils.
- Soil has to be very well drained. Can grow in rocky soils.
- Grows very well in containers too. Choose a large one.
Mid-May to Mid-July
Typical uses of Carissa carandas
Special features: It is a hardy, drought-tolerant plant that thrives well in a wide range of soils.
Culinary use: Berry-sized fruits are commonly used as a condiment in Indian pickles and spices. It can be eaten raw or stewed with sugar. Fruit is also used to make beverages, curries and tarts. It can also be made into jam, jellies and puddings.
Ornamental use: Used in boundaries and as hedge.
Medicinal use: Its fruit is used in the ancient Indian herbal system of medicine, Ayurvedic, to treat acidity, indigestion, fresh and infected wounds, skin diseases, urinary disorders and diabetic ulcer, as well as biliousness, stomach pain, constipation, anemia, skin conditions. The roots serve as a stomachic, an anthelmintic medicine for itches and also as insect repellents. Note : Use per doctor prescriptions.
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plant was delivered in excellent condition there was no damage .
Plants are alive but flowers have not come out as yet.
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