Neem Plant seeds ,Azadirachta indica,fast-growing,
can survive drought , grow well in poor soil. the leaves, fruits ,seeds are edible.
Commonly called divine tree, the neem tree (Azadirachta indica) is sacred in its native India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. These fast-growing shade trees can survive drought and grow well in poor soil. And, the leaves, fruit and seeds are edible. Neem trees grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 12. The trees commonly grow 50 to 75 feet tall and can live for 200 years. The simplest way to propagate neem trees is by seed, but you can also root shoot and root cuttings.
Locals used the fresh bark to make a drink against malaria.
Neem soap is great for treating athlete's foot. Vedic people chew the fresh seeds to improve gum health, keep teeth in their sockets, and improve the breath. Neem seed oil is a strong insecticide that can be used at low concentration in the greenhouse to kill white fly and spider mites.
Neem tree seeds germinate readily and have a high germination rate, between 75 and 90 percent. The seeds germinate and emerge in 14 to 21 days.
Plant neem seeds 1/4 to 1/2 an inch deep in individual pots filled with seed-starting mix. The seeds need a consistent temperature between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit to germinate well. Mist the soil with water whenever it starts to dry out during germination and growth. You can also start seeds outdoors in a nursery bed in warm climates. Select a spot that gets dappled shade to protect the seedlings from direct sun during early growth and development.
How To Grow A Neem Tree As A House Plant
Neem trees are heat loving plants and grow best in hot climates. They can tolerate cooler weather, down to about 35 F or 5Â°C.
However, if your climate has long periods of such cool weather, or if it gets even colder than that, then you won't have much luck growing a neem tree plant in your garden.
The obvious solution is to grow your neem tree in a pot inside. So let's see how to grow a neem tree indoors.
Neem grows easily from seed.
Just put your neem seeds in a pot with a very good quality potting mix, cover them with an inch of the mix, and keep that pot moist and warm. Neem seeds should germinate within one to three weeks. (The cooler the temperature, the longer the seed will take to germinate.)
Why is a good quality mix so important when neem is such a hardy tree that will grow well even in the poorest soil?
Because if you grow a neem tree outside it can develop a huge root system. Its tap root will reach far, far down to mine the deep layers of soil for nutrients, and lateral roots will spread wide and far to go foraging for more.
A pot is not a natural environment for such a vigorous tree. It is very restricting, so you have to look after your neem house plant a lot better, and give it more care. Make sure you use a good quality, free draining potting mix.
Once the seed has germinated and the tree is growing fertilize it regularly with a complete and balanced fertilizer. Adjust the amount to the size of the tree and the time of the year (use more when it is actively growing, cut back or stop fertilizing in winter).
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