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: Fanas, Jackfruit, Kathal
Flower colours: Pale green
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Height: 80 feet.
Difficulty: 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 C
Fertilizer: 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.