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Neem Tree – Plant
Neem tree(The Miracle Tree) has been widely planted as a shade tree in hot, drought prone areas and has over time been introduced to tropical areas around the world. Interesting container plant for indoors.
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Description for Neem Tree
It is a tall evergreen tree with the small bright green leaves. It is up to 100 feet tall. It blossoms in spring with the small white flowers.
It has a straight trunk. Its bark is hard rough and scaly, fissured even in small trees. The colour of the bark is brown grayish.
The leaves are alternate and consists of several leaflets with serrated edges. Its flowers are small and white in colour.
Planting and care
The neem tree thrives in most soils, even saline and alkaline ones, but it does better on dry, poor, rocky soils than on wet ground. The roots can penetrate a hard clay pan, which tends to increase soil fertility and helps to neutralize acidic soils.
It may be grown indoors in containers where its size can be controlled by pruning. Container plants generally have less drought tolerance than plants grown in the wild.
Caring for Neem Tree
- Water young trees once each week with a mild solution of fish emulsion.
- Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, whether your tree is in a pot or in the ground.
- Move your potted tree indoors to a place where it will receive plenty of warmth and light. If you don’t have a sunny window, consider setting up grow lights.
Neem starts bearing fruits after 3-5 years and comes to full bearing at the age of 10-12 years.
Typical uses of Neem Tree
Special features: This evergreen tree is highly resistant to drought, and has fragrant white flowers. It also known for its medicinal powers, with nicknames such as “Divine Tree” and “Village Pharmacy” in India.
The Neem tree is also a source of environment-friendly natural pesticides.
Culinary use: Oral doses of neem leaf extracts reduces insulin requirements by between 30% and 50% for diabetes.
Medicinal use: Neem kills cancer, supreme anti-microbial/anti-infection, removes calcification of all kinds, supreme skin healer, anti-dandruff, supreme oral care, blood cleanser, blood-sugar balancer, kills scabies, dust mites, & bed bugs.