Description for Azadirachta Indica, Neem
It is evergreen, but in severe drought, it may shed most of its leaves or nearly all leaves. The branches are wide and spreading. The inflorescences bear from 150 to 250 the white and fragrant flowers.
The fruit is a smooth olive-like drupe which varies in shape. Planting seed is by far the easiest and the most common method. It is with high germination rate, between 75 and 90 percent.
Planting and care
Start the sowing in the spring. They do not need any pretreatment before planting. It needs and positively thrives in hot weather, but it can handle the occasional cold spell. The Neem tree is a hardy one, able to survive drought conditions, temperatures. It thrives in mildly tropical/humid climates or sub-arid climates.
Use a well-draining type of soil mixture. Cover the seeds with an inch of the same mix. Provide bright light and warmth. Water when the soil is dry to 1/2" depth. Do not keep wet or you will rot the seed embryo. Neem seeds should germinate within 1 to 3 weeks.
Caring for Azadirachta Indica
- Do not try growing neem trees in swamps.
- Avoid long exposure to cold weather.
- Neem trees develop a very deep and strong tap root so, if you are planning to plant in a pot then use a deep one.
- Select a spot that gets a dappled shade to protect the seedlings from direct sun during early growth and development.
Neem trees bloom for the first time when they have reached the age of 2 to 3 years, and bear fruit at the age of 3 to 4 years.
Typical uses of Azadirachta Indica
Special features: It is a Medicinal Plant.
Culinary use: The leaves may be used for an additional flavor. Fruits are also edible.
Ornamental use: This plant can be used as an ornamental for its foliage and flowers.
Medicinal use: It is widely used in traditional medicinal systems.
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All seeds germinated waiting to grow 2 weeks over growing nicely