Description for Jack Fruit, Kathal, Artocarpus Heterophyllus (Grafted)
Plant height: 24 – 38 inchesPlant spread: 4 – 6 inches
Growing jackfruit trees have flowers borne on short branches extending from the trunk and older branches. This otherworldly looking oddity has a very thick, rubbery rind with short blunt spikes and up to 500 seeds. The average fruit is around 35 pounds.
All parts of the jack-fruit tree produce opalescent, sticky latex and the tree has a very long tap-root. Growing jack-fruit trees have flowers borne on short branches extending from the trunk and older branches.Common name(s): Fanas, Jackfruit, KathalFlower colours: Pale greenBloom time: Spring, SummerMax reacahble height: 80 feet.Difficulty to grow:: Easy to grow
Planting and care
Jackfruit can propagate by softwood grafting. Large scale propagation of jackfruit can be done by cleft grafting during July-August on 4-month-old seedling rootstock. Dig pits of 1 m x 1 m x 1 m, fill up the pits with topsoil mixed with 10 Kg of FYM and 1 Kg of neem cake per pit at the time of planting.Sunlight: Full sun.Soil: Rich, deep and somewhat porous soil.Water: Keep the soil moist but do not overwater.Temperature: 25 to 35 degree CFertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer.
Caring for Jack Fruit
- Jackfruit care dictates the removal of dead wood and thinning of the growing jackfruit tree.
- Pruning to keep the jackfruit at about 15 feet high will also facilitate harvesting.
- Keep the tree roots damp but not wet.
Typical uses of Jack Fruit
Special features: Fruit shaped like an enormous kidney bean, they have pebbled and rough green skin, and their flavour is indescribable. They are sweet and mild and best served cold.
Culinary use: The pulp of the ripe fruit is eaten fresh or in syrup. Immature fruit is used for culinary purpose.
Ornamental use: NA
Medicinal use: Ripe fruit is a valuable source of carbohydrates with a lesser amount of calcium and phosphate.